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Total Blackout – KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)

KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)

The young gendarme was exhausted, completely drained of strength. She and her teammates had rushed to the crash site only to discover a hellish scene. The plane had crashed into a residential area, just a stone's throw from a peaceful park, causing considerable damage and numerous deaths in addition to the passengers. Nothing could be done for them, as the aircraft had exploded upon impact. The fire had quickly spread to neighboring houses, and it certainly wouldn't have been as terrible if its tanks hadn't been full at the time of the crash.

With firefighters unreachable, it was with the residents that the small team had come to the aid of the victims, shocked and sometimes severely injured. The fire had ravaged the buildings throughout the evening without anything being able to be done, as the water no longer reached the fire hydrants or the taps.

Karima had never felt so helpless. She had done her best and had not hesitated for a second to put her life in danger for others. She had entered the flaming buildings, forced entry into modest homes, and rescued a few people despite the suffocating smoke that permeated everywhere and the unbearable heat that prevailed.

Reinforcements arrived very late. They were not firefighters, but personnel from a nearby clinic. A small team of gendarmes also arrived, who, like Karima's team, suddenly found themselves without a vehicle and radio. They were close to the crash because their last instruction was to go back up the N184 to intercept, along with Karima's team, the hit-and-run driver who had been completely forgotten in the broken-down car, still handcuffed.

Karima sat in the grass, unable to stand any longer. She barely noticed that next to her was an airplane seat blackened by fire and smoke. A quick sorting had been done, but only of the bodies. They had been laid side by side across the street and covered with sheets out of respect. Many were certainly missing, but there were still about a hundred. The impact had been so violent that there was no doubt that bodies had been propelled tens of meters from the crash site, if not more.

One of the bodies, a woman in her forties, had been found still attached to her seat, in a tree at the entrance of the Le Nôtre park. It was not impossible that bodies had simply been pulverized at the time of impact and explosion. Three-quarters of the building that had borne the brunt of the impact, as the plane had gone through it and ended up in the building behind the first, had disappeared.

Despite the distance, Karima could feel the heat of the fire on her skin. All her clothes, her skin, and her hair had taken on the smell of smoke.

A man with a dirty and tired face wearing a gendarme uniform silently approached Karima and sat beside her. They had briefly met earlier while trying to gather the injured to facilitate their care. His name was Maurice, and like her, he was an adjudant-chef. Yet they were not attached to the same station: while Karima belonged to the Nanterre station, Maurice belonged to the neighboring Pontoise station, just across the Oise River. He was a big guy, easily standing at 6'3'' and weighing about 220 pounds (1m90, 100 kg), with hands so wide they could easily grip a skull, a very neat military cut but a friendly face.

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NATHAN BELCOMBE - DAY 1
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 2
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 4
KARIMA ALI - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 3)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 22
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 31
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 68
KARIMA ALI - DAY 88
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 94
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 2)
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 155
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 157 to 164
KARIMA ALI - DAY 169
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 188
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 195
KARIMA ALI - DAY 216
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 232
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 245
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 and 246
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 246
KARIMA ALI - DAY 253
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 253
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 259
KARIMA ALI - DAY 262
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