Sunday, August 26, 2018

Anti-hijack drill at Patna airport

Patna: An ‘anti-hijacking mock drill’ was carried out at the Patna airport on Saturday to test the preparedness of the concerned to tackle unforeseen situations. The drill began at 9am and ended at 10am.
The exercise was conducted by the Aerodrome Committee under the supervision of state home secretary Amir Subhani, who is the chairman of the committee. Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria was the convener of the drill.

A hypothetical hijack situation was created in which an ABC Airlines’s A320 with call sign VT-ABC and 40 flyers on board was hijacked 40 minutes after its departure from Moonland. The aircraft, headed for Sunland, was forced to land at Patna and the hijackers demanded $50,000 and release of their three associates from the Kolkata jail.

Different agencies like the Central Industrial Security Force, Air Traffic Controller and others swung into action and negotiations continued for about 45 minutes. Subhani advised the committee members to prepare a list of second and third responders in case the first responder was unable to get connected.
26/08/18 Faryal Rumi/Times of India