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Saturday, 11 July 2015


The first recorded aircraft hijack took place on February 21, 1931, in Arequipa, Peru. Byron Richards, flying a Ford Tri-Motor, was approached on the ground by armed revolutionaries. He refused to fly them anywhere and after a 10-day standoff, Richards was informed that the revolution was successful and he could go in return for flying one group member to Lima.

The first hijack of a commercial plane took plane on July 17, 1948 when a Cathay Pacific flying boat was seized by Chinese bandits.

The longest hijacking of a commercial flight was the El Al Flight 426 hijacking by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine militants on July 23, 1968, which lasted 40 days.

A Boeing 707 of El Al at Zurich International Airport, Switzerland.

When Candid Camera host Allen Funt's airplane was hijacked by Cubans in 1969, the passengers believed they were on a hidden camera tv show. He could not change their minds.

THE only unsolved skyjacking in US history involved Northwest Flight 305 from Oregon to Seattle on 1971. During a severe thunderstorm over Washington State a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) persuaded the authorities to swap $200,000 ) for the passengers before the Boeing 727 was allowed to fly on with him and the crew. The hijacker escaped by parachute and it’s not known if he landed safely.

The actress Elizabeth Taylor offered herself as a hostage in 1976 to save more than 100 Air France passengers hijacked by terrorists in Uganda before Israeli forces rescued them.

An unidentified hijacker named Vrillon, claiming to be the representative of the "Ashtar Galactic Command", took over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes on November 26, 1977 –  starting at 5:12 pm.

In 1985 a drunk student hijacked a Boeing in Trondheim, Norway demanding to talk to the prime minister. He later surrendered in exchange of more beer.

Passengers were held hostage for 173 hours when Indian Airlines Flight 814 was hijacked by an Islamist group during its journey from Kathmandu to New Delhi, in 1999. They were released after India agreed to release three militants, later implicated in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which killed 164.

Taliban militia in front of the hijacked plane.

On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda Islamic extremists hijacked four planes. Two hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashed into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in a series of coordinated suicide attacks. In total 2,996 people were killed, making the hijacking the most fatal in history.

In 2014, a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane was headed to Switzerland, but had to be intercepted by French/Italian fighter jets because the Swiss Air force doesn't work on nights and weekends.

While filming the movie Entebbe on December 23, 2016, about a plane being hijacked at Malta International Airport, an actual hijacked plane landed at the airport on the day of the filming. They then filmed the real hostages being released and edited it into the movie. The producer called it a "blessing from the sky on a day of bad acting."

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