The Cases of Hijacking: Overview
Hijacking is a rather infamous type of crime in the aviation business, referring to the unlawful seizure of aircraft by an individual or a group of people. Throughout history, many high-profile cases have surfaced where a hijacking resulted in major losses of both finance and human life. Some cases were plain curious, while others were dangerous or destructive. One such interesting case is the D.B. Cooper Hijacking, in which a man presenting himself a D. B. Cooper on November 24, 1971, has boarded Flight #305 on route to Seattle. The man has taken control of the plane using a threat of a bomb, moving to Seattle where he exchanged the passengers for ransom money and parachutes.
On the track between Seattle and Reno, however, the man has taken the money and jumped out of the plane. His resulting fate remains a mystery, as well as his true identity. A December 1999 hijacking was famous for its unusually long duration, as a Pakistani terrorist group has held the plan under control for several days. Most passengers were released successfully, with only one of them being stabbed to death. The situation was resolved after the demands of the captors were satisfied. Another case worth discussing is the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73. The plane on the way from Bombay to New York was taken over by four armed Palestinian men, who injured or killed no less than forty-three passengers (Infamous hijackings 2016). The culprits were captured and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Palestinian government.