Aviation

Airline explains viral footage of plane hijacking

An airline has shocked the internet after a video showing what appeared to be a plane hijacking went viral on Twitter.

The strangest part? The airline has revealed it was just a drill.

Though it’s not clear how the footage ended up on Twitter, it has since been retweeted more than 34,000 times with users expressing their concern and confusion.

“Hello! This is a real-scale simulation in which we participate with authorities from three levels of government to implement faster passenger rescue protocols on aircraft,” the airline said in reply to one concerned tweet, adding that the drill took place on 5 October at Ciudad del Carmen Airport.

According to The Mirror, one of the “kidnappers” can be heard in the video saying “there is no time, we will start killing passengers.”

It’s not the first time this year Interjet has found itself in hot water after it was forced to suspend a pilot for proposing the bombing of Mexico City’s central square during independence celebrations.

The Mirror reported Interjet pilot Alí Ximen wrote on Facebook: “A bomb should fall in the  zócalo  . . . it would help all of us out.”

She later made a public apology in a video posted to Facebook.

Travel Weekly has approached Interjet for comment.

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