On April 16, 2012, a Mongolian man, Zayabaatar BUYANNEMEKH saved the lives of 216 passengers on board who were traveling from Bangkok to Hong Kong under flight
number CX712 operated by "Cathay Pacific Airways" company, when he interrupted a suicide attempt of a Philippines terrorist to take hostage and crash the plane.
The Philippines suicide terrorist confessed in his statement to the police that he had received a mission to crash the Hong Kong “Cathay Pacific” flight number CX712. The terrorist was travelling alone, and was to threaten the passengers with a knife without getting them out of their seats and crash the plane by opening the door of the plane.
Mongolian citizen Z.Buyannemekh, who interrupted his terrorist attempt, arrived in Mongolia
yesterday, where he was greeted with the media and press. He said, “We flew off of Bangkok (Thailand) at 04:10pm. I was sitting in the second row from the front. At around 07:00pm, approximately 25 minutes before the landing, three flight attendants started screaming. When I looked, there was a person struggling with the three flight attendants, demanding and trying to open the front door. After seeing this, I tackled him by strangling him around his neck, when the second pilot came out and secured him with handcuffs. It felt pleasant when it was announced that a Mongolian man saved many lives and many people cheered with gratefulness when I was getting off of the plane. The authority of “Cathay Pacific Airways” received me and expressed their gratitude. They told me that they were very grateful for my doings and that saving the lives of 216 people is a very prideful endeavor. And they have granted me a lifetime eligibility to travel 1st class on their company flights free of charges.”
Also, today on April 18, 2012, the Prime Minister of Mongolia S.Batbold expressed his gratitude and on behalf of the Government of Mongolia to Z.Buyannemekh for interrupting a terrorist attempt to crash a plane and saving the lives of many people.