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French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Gary » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:08 pm

Reports of a French Mirage has been reported missing

BBC News - Fighter jet vanishes from radar in eastern France
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46808778
A French Mirage 2000-D fighter jet has disappeared from radar in a mountainous region of eastern France, prompting fears it may have crashed.

French officials said the plane vanished from radar at around 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Wednesday.

It had taken off from the Nancy-Ochey air base shortly beforehand with two crew on board.

The crew members have not made contact and a search operation has been launched, officials say.

The plane vanished in the mountains between the regions of Doubs and Jura, near the eastern border with Switzerland.

Newspaper L'est Republican reports that debris was found in the area, including a parachute and map.

It quoted one local resident who said they heard an explosion in the early morning - but believed it to be the sonic boom of an aircraft going faster than sound.

The area has received heavy snowfall in recent days which, along with low visibility, could make the search operation more difficult, officials said.

The temperature in the nearby town of Bonnevaux was -1C at 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT), with further snow showers expected.

The plane is understood to have been unarmed during its flight.
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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:37 pm

Hope the crew got out!
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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Surrey Sam » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:50 pm

Not good, the village near where some of this debris is reported to have been found, is right in the middle of a low level coridoor.

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Blackcat1 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:56 pm

Yep it's also known as the Mirage training area
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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Blackcat1 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:29 pm

Wreckage found but no sign of the crew
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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Surrey Sam » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:32 pm

Some French news sites are now reporting that, DNA analysis is being carried out on what looks to be human matter, found in the area of investigation.

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Blackcat1 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:38 pm

Godbless
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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Pune » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:08 pm

Very very sad.. :(
If you can keep your head whilst all around are losing theirs, you have probably completely misread the situation!!

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by reaper493 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:17 pm

Confirmed via Facebook official post in past few minutes, unable to copy and paste.

Sad times.

Edit:

This might work, although it is in French..

https://www.facebook.com/17677060236724 ... 135306871/

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Reptile 1 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:20 pm

The French Air Force have confirmed the deaths of Pilot Captain Baptise Chirie and WSO Lieutenant Audrey Michelon.

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Green133 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:24 pm

Very sad RIP both crew.

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Blackcat1 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:09 pm

Such sad news. RIP.
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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by Surrey Sam » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:59 pm

Thoughts are with the relatives and those whom serve alongside the aviators.

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by rh226 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:41 pm

reaper493 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:17 pm
Confirmed via Facebook official post in past few minutes, unable to copy and paste.

Sad times.

Edit:

This might work, although it is in French..

https://www.facebook.com/17677060236724 ... 135306871/
Translation, lifted from Scramble
Press release from the Chief of the Air Staff

10-01-2019

The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Force General Philippe Lavigne, and all airmen have the sadness to announce the death of the crew of the Mirage 2000D, sought since yesterday in the Jura.

He expresses his deepest emotion and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Captain Baptiste CHIRIÉ and Lieutenant Audrey MICHELON, who died in commanded air service.

A licensed fighter pilot, Captain Baptiste CHIRIÉ held the operational combat pilot qualification. He had 24 war missions and 940 flying hours.

Patented Navigator Officer Systems Weapons, Lieutenant Audrey MICHELON held the qualification of Deputy Chief Navigator. It totaled 97 war missions and 1250 hours of flight.

Like the minister, the Air Force Chief of Staff will be traveling to Nancy-Ochey Air Base 133 tomorrow to be with the families, the air base airmen and to show them all the solidarity of the Air Force.

He expressed his thanks to all the personnel involved since yesterday in the search operations of the aircraft and its crew.
RIP. Thoughts with friends and families of these experienced aircrew. :(
Cheers, Bob

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Re: French Mirage 2000D missing

Post by hvaneupen » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:09 pm

Delta Reflex reports 667

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