In that escape, he took four prison wardens hostage and blasted a number of doors with explosives before fleeing in two getaway cars.
Three armed accomplices were involved in the escape and hacked through a lock that gave them access to a hallway where Fair was waiting with his brothers, Agence France-Presse reported, citing sources close to the case.
The helicopter was found shortly afterwards in a suburb northeast of Paris, along with the pilot, who had been beaten and was taken to hospital in a state of shock. He has previously said his lifestyle was inspired by Hollywood gangster films, including Scarface starring Al Pacino.
The ministry said Redoine Faid's escape only took a few minutes on Sunday and no one was injured or taken hostage.
"It was an extremely well-prepared commando unit that may have used drones to survey the area beforehand", Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said.
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After initially fanning out almost 3,000 officers to find Faid, 46, and his helpers, police say 100 specialised agents are now trying to track him down.
After his 2013 escape, Faid was arrested at a hotel six weeks later.
Investigators are looking into whether Faid, who had been at the Reau prison since November, had inside help. Faid and his accomplices are believed to have ditched the airplane and escaped by auto.
The courtyard where the helicopter landed was the only area not protected by anti-aircraft netting.
A union representative for the prison told French news channel BFM that "two men dressed in black, wearing balaclavas and police armbands" broke into the visiting room with a grinder.
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Spectacular helicopter jailbreaks became a regular embarrassment for French penal authorities until the late 2000s, but have petered out since prisoner exercise yards in most jails were equipped with nets to prevent helicopters from landing. She said authorities were particularly focused on several drones that flew over the prison months ago.
Still, he was the suspected mastermind of the attempted armed robbery in 2010 that led to a high-speed chase and a shootout with police that killed 26-year-old Aurelie Fouquet.
After arriving at the prison and freeing Faid, they took off for the suburb of Roissy northeast of Paris, where they then tried to set the helicopter on fire before fleeing by vehicle.
Before that incident, Faid had been released from prison after convincing the parole board that he renounced his criminal past.
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