A mysterious high-speed aircraft, reported to be a French “military jet” flying at low altitude, has passed very close to a cruise ship.
“Oh my god!” a passenger can be heard exclaiming as the plane hurtles by. The passenger who filmed the clip said the manoeuvre terrified his fellow passengers.
The ship involved is Norwegian Breakaway (NCL) on a seven-day round-trip cruise from New York to Bermuda last month. The aircraft that performed the strange fly-pasts on 23 June and again on 24 June was identified by Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation as a French Air Force Dassault Falcon, according to local news reports.
The plane is clearly not a fighter jet. It appears to be a Dassault Falcon 900 trijet, reportedly used by the French Navy, the US Coast Guard and Federal Express, among others. It’s sometimes used as a military liaison aircraft and more widely as a civilian business jet.
The maker of the video clip, passenger Richard Ogle, wrote: “I have no idea what his intentions were, but I guarantee we all didn’t like it. Whoever was the pilot of the Falcon, was either a terrorist who was spying on us, marine training, or a dumbass rich dude who’s showing off his new aircraft.
“I don’t know what the true answer is but I know that it wasn’t normal and more than likely illegal for anything to be flying that close to a ship, especially 4 times in a row. Either way, nobody was hurt, but most were completely terrified, and I hope everybody is ok.
“The video was taken on the Sundeck (Deck18) on the Norwegian Breakaway (NCL) on a 7 day round trip cruise from New York to Bermuda, at 4:30 PM at St. George, Bermuda June 24, 2016.”
Written by Peter Needham