Commodities & Metals

Gold Disappears from Paris-Zurich Flight

Gold bars
Source: Thinkstock
French officials revealed on Tuesday that $2 million in gold bars disappeared from an Air France passenger plane after the gold had been loaded on the plane for a flight to Zurich. The gold bars weighing approximately 161 pounds appear to have been stolen before the plane left Paris on a flight for Zurich operated by Air France budget carrier Hop!.

U.S. security firm The Brink’s Co. (NYSE: BCO) said it delivered the gold to the plane and that “the parcels weren’t under [Brink’s] responsibility when they disappeared.” Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the gold disappeared once the plane landed in Zurich.

Last June a plane from Switzerland to New York with a delivery of cash for the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York arrived with $1.2 million missing from a scheduled delivery of $93 million.

Air France has claimed it was the victim of the gold theft and has filed a complaint with French authorities, according to The Wall Street Journal. An airlines spokesman said the gold shipments are insured but gave no additional details.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.