Mongolian Hijacking Drill Rattles Passengers

Intelligence agency tries out drill -- on real plane with real passengers


This week, a Mongolian National Airlines passenger plane landed in Ulan Bator. Four male passengers jumped from their seats to shout that they were hijacking the aircraft.

They hit a woman, tied up the pilots, threatened four other passengers and kept everyone locked inside the plane. We can imagine the screams, the tears and anxiety.

Then at one point the hijackers must have said the Mongolian equivalent of - "Not!" Turned out to be a security exercise of the Mongolian Center Intelligence Agency to exposure holes in the airport security system.

I suppose the passengers were just lucky that state geologists didn't set off an atomic bomb in Ulan Bator to expose holes in Mongolia's earthquake preparedness system.