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article imageAir France airliner sabotaged at Dusseldorf airport

By Michael Cosgrove     Jun 16, 2009 in World
A technical incident on an Air France A318 airliner was due to smoke-detector cables situated in the cargo hold being deliberately cut whilst the plane was on a stopover at Dusseldorf airport, Germany, say airline officials. An investigation has begun.
The plane was just about to take off for a flight from Dusseldorf to Roissy in Paris when an alert light lit up, indicating a smoke-detector breakdown in the cargo hold, according to Le Figaro.
The alert, Level 2 category out of 5, did not impose the immobilisation of the plane, so the pilot took off and the flight went normally.
When the breakdown was explored by Air France technicians however, they were shocked to find that two cable runs to a smoke detector unit had been sectioned by what seemed to be a cutter.
The saboteur is said by Air France to have good knowledge of the plane’s electrical systems and is someone who has at least landing apron access to planes at Dusseldorf.
Air France has initiated a judicial enquiry into the incident in both France and Germany.
The airline, as well as judicial authorities, has indicated that it will not comment further on the incident for the moment.
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