Russian, NORAD forces unite for exercise, tracking 'hijacked' plane

A photo made Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, shows the NORAD patch worn by Col. Patrick Carpentier, deputy commander of the NORAD Alaska Region, who was on a plane that was hijacked for a simulation to test the response of NORAD and Russian Federation forces near Alaska. The exercise involving Canadian and U.S. forces from NORAD, along with the Russian Federation, saw the Canadians successfully hand off the hijacked plane to Russian fighters over the Bering Strait. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)Flying at 34,000 feet over the Bering Strait, the Russian pilots had a singular focus: making sure they smoothly received the handoff of a “hijacked” jetliner from their U.S.-Canadian counterparts.

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