Wed, Jan 22, 2003
Crew Beats Attack Back
We heard about an Air Algeria flight on Monday,
that illustrated how, sometimes, the flight crew is all that's
between a perfect flying experience, and disaster.
Reports are in that three men, all in their mid-20s, attempted
to hijack that airliner as it was on the ground at the Algerian
airport in Constantine, on a Paris-Algiers flight. They were said
to have boarded at Constantine, and immediately walked into the
cockpit. As one shut the (hijack-proof?) door, the other two went
to work on the pilot and copilot.
The good news is, the pilot and copilot were able
to outfight the three twenty-somethings; they are in jail in
Algeria. The incident could have been a lot worse, had the three
misfits been carrying weapons, or been more-ruthless in their
attack; it could have been somewhat better (or not have been
attempted), if the cockpit crew had been armed.
[This hijacking appears to be more of the 'old-fashioned,
classic' hijacking, as the crew wasn't apparently supposed to be
killed; it's likelier the three wanted to fly the 161 people to a
destination more of their choice --ed.]
As it is, though, yet another security weakness has been
exploited, and thus exposed: those hijack-proof doors could keep
help out, once the bad guys get in...
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