A brief but powerful noise which occurred Wednesday, September 30, left everyone in Paris with the impression that it was a violent detonation, but it was a fighter plane crossing the sound barrier, according to police headquarters.
The unexpected sound terrified everyone since it could be heard from Val-de-Marne to Yvelines via Hauts-de-Seine.
Un bruit très important à été entendu à Paris et en région parisienne. Il n’y a pas d’explosion, il s’agit d’un avion de chasse qui a franchi le mur du son.
N’encombrez pas les lignes de secours !
— Préfecture de Police (@prefpolice) September 30, 2020
The Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly quickly explained that the responsible fighter plane was on an “interception mission”.
The Air Defense and Air Operations Command confirmed that the aviation authorities had lost contact with a civilian aircraft heading for Saint-Brieuc, and as usual, a military apparatus was dispatched to ensure that there was no threat to be feared.
The Rafale, therefore, took off from Saint-Dizier, in Haute-Marne before crossing the sound barrier at 11:52 am above Créteil, in the east of Paris to join the aircraft in difficulty and which risked entering without authorization.
In the restricted airspace above Paris. “Radio contact has been reestablished with the civilian aircraft and the situation has returned to normal”, specifies the CDAOA, which recalls that its daily mission is to protect the French against “any air threat”.
Pour rejoindre rapidement l’appareil, il a été autorisé à passer en supersonique en haute altitude à 11h52 vers Créteil. pic.twitter.com/hLwaSjeEcQ
— CDAOA (@CDAOAofficiel) September 30, 2020
The sound was also felt at Roland Garros where the French Open tournament was being played as Stanislas Wawrinka and his opponent Dominik Köpfer were frightened when the noise arose. The few observers present at the place of the tournament were terrified as well.
— France tv sport (@francetvsport) September 30, 2020