They may have been rescue/supply pilots in training for a relief effort underway.
I asked myself, why would one Israeli and four Angolans all be going to helicopter flight school in the same place at the same time. There's a nasty
situation in Angola at the moment, a flooded river, a missing bridge, Eastern Angola Cut Off, all in the midst of a
So, my guess is that this may have been a charitable situation, where some folks were being taught to fly helicopters in a hurry in order to help
deliver supplies. No idea if this is accurate, just a guess.
China's largest oil
, something I didn't know. May be security related, could even be related to a project going on to save the antelopes.
I have no more ideas. It's a pretty wierd situation, I'm not surprised the authorities took notice of five men travelling together after attending
flight school. I'm even less surprised the authorities took notice if these men were reviewing their flight training with each other on the way
home, like, chatting across the aisles in hushed tones about controlling altitude and such...
It's a bit like playing Where's Waldo with an enormous freakin' Waldo.
The Air Marshall shouldn't feel bad, he made an honest mistake. But I don't think his job is necessary. It appears to be an unnecessary waste of
money and manpower. We can take a cue from the Israelis on this, funnily enough, the best way to stop hijackings is to keep the hijackers off the
Stop them at the airport, with security on the ground. Much more effective, in all respects.
Edit: Diamond business maybe? Lots of that going on in Angola. It's hard to mine diamonds without finding them first, and to find them quickly one
requires helicopters and helicopters require pilots. So, that could be another logical explanation.
[edit on 7-5-2006 by WyrdeOne]