The first days of February were the days when premiere of a new action movie has taken place in Russia. It's called "Kandahar" ("The Crew" in international distribution) after the Kandahar city in Afghanistan - the factual capital of the Taliban movement. It may seem that it's one of the regular action movies based on a completely made-up plot. A Russian transport airplane is hijacked in Kandahar by an Afghan fighter aircraft. The crew is imprisoned for more than a year and then they just escape on their own plane which had been resting nearby all the time. Indeed, can it be real? Without any doubt - YES!
The plot is based on the totally real events. 3 August 1995 was the day when a Russian carrier flew a regular commercial flight delivering ammunition to the forces of so called Northern Alliance in the Bagram Air Base near Kabul. Flying on the height of 8 kilometers the aircraft was intercepted by the Mig-21 fighter, steered by a Taliban pilot. The crew was forced to land at the airport of Kandahar. All 7 crew members were captured and accused of meddling in internal policy of Afghanistan. They were imprisoned in a shed near the Governor's house and were strictly warden day and night. Two pilots and five more crew members were threatened with an execution in accordance with the Islamic rules. But still Talibs neither hurried to kill the "infidels", nor they began to raise any claims.
The pilot of MiG-21 who intercedpted the carrier