Today's award goes to the counter-terrorist gendarmerie unit on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. According to Flight Global's Airline Business blog:
Police on the French overseas territory of Réunion have managed to bring a counter-hijacking exercise to a truly Clouseau-esque conclusion by, er, accidentally shooting the aeroplane.
Not an inexpensive aeroplane, either, but one of Air Austral's brand-new Boeing 777-300ERs, identified in this local report as F-ONOU (and doesn't that seem oddly appropriate?)
... the story goes that the GPIOM gendarmerie was conducting a hostage-rescue training session yesterday which normally involves using blank ammunition.
For reasons which have yet to be explained, however, one of the weapons was carrying at least one bullet of 'the exploding kind' and, as a result, the aircraft is out of service with a window of the broken kind.
Er . . . well . . . for a bullet-hole in a brand-new aircraft selling for rather more than $250 million, what can one say but "Le Oops!"?