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    This picture taken on July 1, 2018 in Gonesse, north of Paris shows a French helicopter Alouette II abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid after his escape from prison in Reau

    Get to the Choppa! French Robber Busts Out of Prison in Epic Helicopter Escape

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    A notorious gangster staged a daring prison escape as he literally flew over the walls of a French prison with the help of his accomplices.

    Redoine Faid, a convicted recidivist, managed to escape in a commandeered helicopter from a prison located in the French department of Seine-et-Marne where he was incarcerated, Le Parisien reports.

    According to the newspaper, Faid was assisted by three armed accomplices who busted him out of the prison building and escorted him to the helicopter.

    ​The burned remains of the helicopter were later discovered by the authorities near Bourget in Seine-Saint-Denis, as the criminals reportedly fled from there in a car towards the A1 motorway.

    A source in the police told France 3 TV channel that the helicopter was flown by a flight instructor who was taken hostage by Faid’s accomplices and later released when the deed was done.

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