An extremely rare accident, which could have ended very badly.

Two Rafales touched Sunday during the national meeting of the air of the Fosa, organized at the base 709 of Cognac-Chateaurenard (Charente).

Two Rafales from the air show collide: damage and major panic in Gensac-la-Pallue.

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"During their tactical presentation, two Rafales from the 30th Fighter Wing touched each other in flight" around 12:40 p.m., said Colonel Nicolas Lyautey, commander of the Cognac-Châteaubernard base.

One of them lost a piece of its centreboard, which during its fall damaged the roof of a house”.

The two aircraft, however, landed “without difficulty”, and “no injuries are to be deplored.


A technical investigation is underway, and administrative and judicial investigations will be opened, to shed light on this incident.

Such an accident is extremely rare since the last of its kind occurred in April 2010 during training for the Patrouille de France, according to the press service of the Air Force.

" We were lucky "

In the village of Gensac-la-Pallue, where the noise of the drift falling on a roof was heard by several inhabitants, we are awaiting explanations.

A resident of the street where the piece of plane fell said that the debris had "damaged a roof" and "broken tiles" before "falling on the road".

It was "a piece of about one meter by 40 cm", he explained.

“I was having lunch when it happened.

I saw the room on the ground from a distance, there were a lot of law enforcement around but a neighbor sent us a picture.

Fortunately, the occupant of the house was not at home at that time!


"We were lucky," said his side in the columns of South West the mayor of the town, Bernard Mauzé, himself living in this small street.

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