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Awesome story about pilot thwarting hijacker

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by The Big Ragu, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member


    On Air Mauritania. The hijacker had two guns and spoke Spanish. The pilot realized he didn't speak French, so he got on the intercom--in the guise that he was informing the passengers about the change in landing plans--and told the passengers in French that he was purposely going to do a rough landing, and when the hijacker got knocked off balance, they should tackle and subdue him. My favorite part: "One report said flight attendants threw boiling water at him and around 10 people overpowered him."
  2. Bien joue!
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Pilots are some of the ballsiest people.

    Amazing how they can keep their composure during some scary stuff.
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I'm amazed enough passengers bothered to listen to the announcement.

    I figured it would go something like this:

    Jacqueline: "What did the pilot say?"

    Jacques: "I'm not sure. Something about the landing may be rough, but on balance it's better than being hijacked."
  5. Most commercial airline pilots have a military background (at least in the U.S.). Flight school is just too expensive otherwise.
  6. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    There's two words I never want to see on any of my itineraries:

    Air Mauritania
  7. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    ok, i'm stereotyping here but i'm not sure the mauritainian air force has too many fighter planes. maybe they have five or six?

    in any case, this is a great story.
  8. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Mauritania is indeed a lightweight militarily. They got their ass kicked by Polisario in the late 1970s despite help from Morocco and France.
  9. They got cheated on that holding call early in the third quarter.
  10. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    When you saw that the officiating crew was entirely Algerian, you figured there was probably going to be some bullshit.
  11. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    I thought it was a delay of game?
  12. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    Laugh out loud funny BT.
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