An Air France repatriation plane hit by gunfire in Pointe-Noire, Rep. of Congo

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The shots that hit the Air France plane were linked to a disagreement between an agent of the Directorate General for Territorial Surveillance and his chief. No one was injured.

On Saturday evening, an Air France repatriation Airbus A330-200 plane registered F-GZCK was damaged by gunfire at Pointe-Noire airport in the Republic of Congo. No one was injured after the shots, as the plane was parked with no crew or passengers: the flight had arrived earlier from Paris as AF373V and was scheduled to depart this Sunday at 10:00 local time.

The aircraft was placed under the surveillance of the Air Transport Gendarmerie and an Air France security provider. The airline filed a complaint about the damage caused to the plane and an investigation has been opened by the local authorities.

The plane was to make repatriation flight AF4145 between Pointe-Noire, Bangui (Central African Republic) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Easter Sunday. The flight has been postponed for 24 hours to allow a replacement Boeing 777-200 aircraft registered F-GSPG to arrive from Paris-Charles de Gaulle as flight AF380V.

Passengers have been taken care of on-site.

In Brazzaville, the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Claude Gackosso transmitted “his deep regrets after this serious incident” to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Apparently, the incident is linked to a disagreement between an agent of the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance and his chief. The officer who fired was under the influence of alcohol. It was a Kalashnikov shot in the air that hit the plane.

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