When the US Air Force plane flown by Captain Taylor crashed on top of a steep butte in a barren and isolated desert region of Mongolia central Asia, MacGyver was sent in to disarm the highly classified missile that the plane had been carrying and to rescue the pilot. MacGyver scaled the sheer rock face alone, disarmed the missile with a paperclip, helped Taylor to cut himself free from the cage in which he was being held prisoner, made a time delay fuse to create a diversion, fashioned a rocket launcher from a flare gun, and escaped with Taylor off the cliff in tandem using a single parachute.
Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, UT-313, Moab, Utah
Cross Reference: Jim Taylor
Episode Reference: Pilot