Robbery attempt on Crossair jet leaves six injured

The Crossair jet was being loaded with banknotes when the robbery attempt was made Keystone

Six people have been injured during an attempted robbery on a Crossair plane at Luxembourg airport. Gunmen stormed the aircraft while it was being loaded with a consignment of banknotes destined for Zurich.

This content was published on October 9, 2000 - 17:36

The robbery attempt turned into a gun battle between police and two robbers, armed with kalashnikovs. The men were trying to seize a shipment of banknotes, which were being loaded on to the plane, when police intervened.

Six people, including the robbers, two civilians and two police officers, were injured. The gunmen were then arrested.

The Saab 2000 jet - Flight SR 3879 - was scheduled to take off on a flight to Zurich. No passengers were on board the aircraft at the time.

The crew of the jet, who witnessed the incident, are receiving counselling.

Crossair technicians are travelling to Luxembourg to inspect the plane for damage.

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