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Gold bars worth €1.6 million vanish from Air France plane

It is thought that the thieves had the help of “airport accomplices”.

Image: Petr David Josek/AP/Press Association Images

AIR FRANCE HAS confirmed that it has filed a complaint after gold bars worth about €1.6 million were stolen from a plane bound for Zurich from Paris.

“We hope the investigations will allow us to quickly determine the sequence of events and identify those responsible,” a spokesman said.

The gold bars, weighing around 50 kilos, were placed inside the plane at Paris’s Charles-de-Gaulle airport last Thursday by employees of the US security firm Brink’s.

It is as yet unclear how the theft happened, but an airport source said the robbers had “probably made use of airport accomplices”.

According to the firms, these kind of shipments take place every day and Brink’s employees usually stay on the tarmac until the plane takes off.

- © AFP 2013

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