Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Errr . . . oops?

I bet the pilot and weapon system operator are answering some tough questions about this incident.

A military fighter jet has dropped a replica bomb on to the roof of a working factory during a flight in Loiret (Centre-Val de Loire), injuring two people.

The Dassault Mirage 2000D jet [an example of which is shown below] had taken off from an airstrip in Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), and was flying over a factory in Nogent-sur-Vernisson at around 15h20 on Tuesday April 10, when witnesses heard a loud bang.

It later emerged that a replica “bomb” had fallen off the plane and hit the Faurecia automobile parts factory, slightly injuring two victims who were working on the assembly line.

The bomb - used as a stand-in for the real thing in training exercises - was made of metal and plastic, and contained no explosives.

There's more at the link.

One can almost hear the other workers on the assembly line:  "When we said 'Strike', this isn't what we meant!  We're working as hard as we can!  Stop bombing us already!"



D.J. Schreffler said...

Then there's the woman that almost got sucked out of a Southwest 737 due to engine explosion: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5626379/Southwest-Airlines-flight-makes-emergency-landing-Philadelphia-engine-blows-out.html

neal said...

I remember a fatboy hitting the ground from that parked flying fortress at SAC. All the above ground buildings shifted a bit.

I remember thinking that the concrete held up rather nicely, given the metrics. Hell, the DEFCON stayed level.

Judy said...

Took that practice run a little too literal did they?

Old NFO said...

Yep, 'things' DO fall off/out of airplanes... :-)

Aesop said...

They're Frenchmen we're talking about.

What makes anyone think a bomb casing with metal and plastic and no actual explosives isn't one of their regular warshots?