Groundbreaking US-Russian hijacking drill ends

August 12, 2010 03:09

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — A groundbreaking training exercise has ended after US and Russian fighter jets crisscrossed the Pacific in pursuit of a chartered plane playing the role of a hijacked airliner.

The plane landed in Alaska late Tuesday after flying over the ocean and back, monitored all the way by fighters and aerial command posts from both sides.On board were officers from Russia and from the North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD, a joint US-Canadian command.

The groundbreaking international training exercise will make it more difficult for terrorists to pull off a hijacking against the US, Canada or Russia by "hardening" the air travel system against attacks, a Canadian officer said.

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