French fighters have flown down a high-voltage line in the south of France. Because of this, a village has temporarily run out of electricity.
The Mayor of Castellet near Marseille heard his own words “a hell of a noise” during his driving on Wednesday. Benoît Gouin soon saw what was going on: two Rafale fighters rushed over his village at just a few tens of metres above sea level. “They flew so low that I said to myself: they‘re flying under the power line,” says Gouin at a local radio station.
His observation proved correct, he noted when he arrived at the power line: “One of the planes had hit and cut the cable. I immediately called the emergency services and the electricity company.” The fire department was quickly on the spot to put out a fire that had arisen as a result of the incident. The cable was repaired after a few hours, so that Castellet could be powered again.
The Armée de l’Air regrets the “extremely rare incident” and has opened an investigation.