French Convicts Escape by Helo–Again

 - September 26, 2006, 11:35 AM

Using what is becoming a popular method of escaping from French jails, three convicts broke out of prison and escaped on a hijacked helicopter on December 11. Two armed men hijacked the AStar in Albertville and forced the pilot to fly to the prison, about 10 minutes away. The helicopter landed in a courtyard and three prisoners clambered aboard. The five men later fled on foot, taking the pilot’s telephone and radio, after the aircraft landed in open country near Grenoble. Such airborne escapes are becoming embarrassingly common in France, with at least 10 helicopter jail breaks reported since 1981.