US, Canada, Russia participate in plane hijack drill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 10, 2010 19:27

OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN – A 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.

The exercise is scheduled to wrap up Tuesday in Anchorage, Alaska, after fighter jets from Russia and the North American Aerospace Defense Command chase a chartered jet playing the role of a hijacked commercial airliner flying east across the Pacific.

The exercise is designed to test how well civilian and military aviation authorities on both sides of the ocean can coordinate their efforts during a hijacking, especially during the critical handoff stage when the commandeered plane moves from Russia's airspace into the territory defended by NORAD, a joint-US-Canada command.


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