The French Authorities Explained That The Fighter Overcame The Sound Barrier Over Paris
The French air force command allowed the fighter to overcome the sound barrier over Paris so that it could quickly help a civilian plane that went off course in the North-East of the country, the press service of the French Defense Ministry told the Liberation newspaper. Previously, the characteristic sound of breaking the sound barrier was taken by Parisians for a powerful explosion.
According to the publication, the French air force command allowed the Rafale fighter, which rose from the Dizier military airfield (Haute-Marne Department), to overcome the sound barrier over Paris. That was done to assist a civilian aircraft that went off course in the clouds near the city of Charleville-Maiziere (Ardennes Department near the border with Belgium). The fighter jet took off to escort the aircraft to the airport in the Belgian city of Lille.
According to the defense Ministry, before breaking the sound barrier, the fighter was in the area of the Eastern outskirts of Paris. When permission was granted, the Rafale increased its speed to Mach 1 (1,224 km/h). Charleville-mézières is situated at 237 km from Paris.
Earlier it was reported that residents of Paris heard a sound that was mistaken for a powerful explosion. It was heard all over the city, including the suburbs. It was included in the broadcast of the French Open tennis championship match. Later, the Paris police said that this was not an explosion, but the moment when the fighter overcame the sound barrier in the city area. Law enforcement authorities have already called on Parisians, not to overload emergency phone lines in this regard.