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Questions tagged [hijack]

Aircraft hijacking (also known as aircraft piracy, especially within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, and informally as skyjacking) is the unlawful seizure of an aircraft by an individual or a group. In most cases, the pilot is forced to fly according to the orders of the hijackers.

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Why would Air France fly to Algeria when it had a civil war?

I was reading about the Polaris Award that was awarded to the pilots of Air France Flight 8969: Algeria was in a state of civil war at the time of the hijacking. Aircraft flying to Algiers faced ...
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Is it legal to shoot down hijacked passenger aircraft in some countries? [closed]

Are there countries which post-9/11 have adopted legislation allowing the shoot-down of passenger aircraft under any circumstances ?
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Why shoot down a passenger plane without knowing it will crash? [closed]

Flights threatened by a passenger and flights with lost coms and even flights in technical difficulty without criminal intent and not posing a security threat are sometimes intercepted and escorted by ...
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What is the ATC protocol for hijackings? [closed]

If a commercial aircraft is successfully hijacked, by a competent pilot / pilots, and they make contact with ATC for regular requests (i.e. weather updates, flight path information or clearing air ...
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Is there any way to stop a pilot from crashing an airliner? [closed]

If a pilot decides to crash an airliner, a la Germanwings or Egyptair, could he be stopped? In those cases the offending pilot waited until he was alone in the cockpit to act. Thus many airlines ...
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Are jet aircraft still at risk of hijacking by people wielding melee weapons? [closed]

Are jet aircraft still at risk of hijacking by people wielding melee weapons (as opposed to explosives)? I thought that aircraft were designed post-9/11 such that passengers can't enter the cockpit, ...
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What prevents a passenger from hijacking a private jet?

I was reading another question on this site when I saw this answer. As you can see in the photo I copied below, this private jet has no cockpit door. On commercial aircraft the bullet-proof cockpit ...