Airport heist yields armed robbers $50 million in uncut diamonds

On Monday night two cars with armed robbers penetrated the Brussels Airport, drove up to a Swiss plane being loaded with cargo and made off with $50 million in uncut diamonds.

Police said the heist was conducted with clockwork precision. The robbery took less than three minutes to complete.

The eight robbers were armed and hooded. The target was Helvetic Airways aircraft, which was completing a diamond consignment. There were passengers aboard the plane, but they were not able to see the incident that unfolded below them.

No shots were fired.

The robbers gained access to the airport by cutting a hole in the security fence. The robbery also included some precious metals.

Image of Brussels Airport by erral