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For example, a plane is hijacked but civilians regain control, they know how to change the plane's frequency but no procdeures - i.e. dont know guard frequencies. There are fighter jets alongside who do have contact with ATC. What could the jets/ATC do to let them know what frequency to use?

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Nothing. There is no possible world in which someone has the necessary training, knowledge, and experience to operate the complex communication equipment, yet doesn't know 121.5.

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  • $\begingroup$ The premise of the question is that a passenger defeats the hijackers, takes over the controls, knows how to operate the radio, but doesn't know the guard frequency. I would argue that such a person doesn't exist. It is much more likely that they would forget how to operate the radio than what the guard frequency is. And even if what you say would happen, and they forget the guard frequency but still remember how to operate the radio, then they only need to look down, since there is a high chance that the standby radio is tuned to guard anyway. $\endgroup$ – Jörg W Mittag May 18 at 21:23
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The reality of this situation is that there are no standards for dealing with a passenger flying an airliner.

We can all come up with ideas of what a fighter pilot may do, but this isn't something that's written down and trained for by anybody.

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