Mon, Sep 22, 2003
"Ladies And Gentlemen, Remain In Your Seats -- Just
It was supposed to be a
drill, but not everyone was in on the act.
The Indian-owned Alliance jetliner was on the tarmac in New
Delhi when the pilot reportedly flashed a hand sign indicating he
was being threatened by a hijacker. commandos rushed to the
aircraft and surrounded it. Only then were the elite troops
informed it was just a drill.
"We carried out the
drill to check the alertness of security forces," Civil Aviation
Secretary K. Roy Pal was quoted as saying.
It was the second such incident at New Delhi in as many
On August 20, troops at New Delhi's international airport
surrounded an aircraft headed for the embattled Kashmir region
after the pilot reported his flight was being hijacked. The report
turned out to have been in error.
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