Photos: Major aircraft hijackings that shocked the world

Updated: Jan 03, 2015, 13:03
  • Photos: Major aircraft hijackings that shocked the world
    Pakistan-based hijackers hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 en route from Kathmandu on December 24, 1999 and diverted it to Amritsar, Lahore, Dubai and finally Kandahar. After a week-long stand-off India agreed to release three jailed Pakistani men in exchange for the hostages. One hostage, Rupin Katyal, was stabbed to death and his body thrown on the tarmac as a "warning attack".
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    Air France Flight 8969 was hijacked from Algiers by four GIA hijackers on December 24, 1994 planning to crash into the Eiffel Tower in central Paris. After the murder of 3 passengers, GIGN commandos stormed the plane in Marseilles, killing all four Algerian Islamic extremists of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) and freeing all passengers and crew members. Picture shows bullet holes in the windows and fuselage of an Air France Airbus, which testifies of the violence that occurred during the plane's liberation at Marseille-Marignane airport.
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    AeroMexico Flight 576, a Boeing 737-800 flying from Cancun to Mexico City was hijacked on September 9, 2009 with 104 people on board by a Bolivian citizen claiming he had a bomb and demanding to speak to Mexican president Felipe Calderón. The plane landed at Mexico City International Airport where it then taxied to a remote stand where the passengers and crew were later released. Mexican officials stormed the plane where 5 men were taken into custody with only 1 being held. There were no casualties. It was the first hijacking for the airline.
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    American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, were hijacked on the morning of September 11, 2001 by Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists. Flight 11 and 175 were deliberately crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon and Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after hijackers crashed the plane due to a revolt by passengers. Both towers of The World Trade Center collapsed; in total 2,996 people, including the 19 hijackers, were killed and over 6000 people were injured. The attacks led to the War on Terror.
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    Vnukovo Airlines Tu-154 flying from Istanbul to Moscow was hijacked on March 15, 2001 by three Chechens demanding it be diverted to Saudi Arabia. After the plane with 174 people on board landed at Medina the hijacker threatened to blow it up unless it would be refuelled for flying to Afghanistan. The Saudi authorities decided to storm the plane. During the assault 2 people were killed by Saudi police: one of the passengers (Turkish citizen), and the leader of the hijackers. The stewardess, Yulia Fomina, was killed during the hijacking, and later the plane was named after her.
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    Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 115, flying from Jeddah to London was hijacked en route on October 14, 2000 by two men who claimed they were armed with explosives. The hijackers commandeered the Boeing 777-200 to Baghdad, Iraq, where all 90 passengers and 15 crew members were safely released. The two hijackers, identified as Lieutenant Faisal Naji Hamoud Al-Bilawi and First Lieutenant Ayesh Ali Hussein Al-Fareedi, both Saudi citizens, were arrested and later extradited to Saudi Arabia in 2003.
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    Philippine Airlines Flight 812 with 278 passengers was hijacked en route on May 25, 2000 from Davao City, Philippines to Manila. The hijacker parachuted from the aircraft while still airborne; his body was later found.
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    A hijacked All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 747-400, carrying 503 passengers and 14 crew members, on a runway just after it landed at Haneda Airport in Tokyo July 23, 1999. The knife-wielding hijacker stabbed a Japanese captain to death in a bloody mid-air struggle.
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    A Pakistani policeman guards the Pan Am Flight 73 after a 16-hour siege of the Boeing 747-121, hijacked on September 5, 1986, at Karachi airport, in Pakistan, by four armed men of the Abu Nidal Organization, as it headed out of Mumbai to Karachi en route to Frankfurt. 22 people are killed when Pakistani security forces storm Pan Am Flight at Karachi, carrying 360 passengers and crew after the siege.
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    Lebanese Shi'a Amal hijackers divert TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Beirut with 153 people on board on June 14, 1985. The stand-off ends after Israel frees 31 Lebanese prisoners. Among the passengers was famous Greek singer Demis Roussos. US Navy diver Robert Stethem was tortured and murdered. Picture shows TWA captain John L. Testrake emerges from the cockpit of his hijacked airliner at Beirut airport to talk to newsmen while a Shi'ite Moslem terrorist holds him at gunpoint.
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    As part of the Dawson's Field hijackings, PFLP members attempted to hijack four aircraft simultaneously in September 1970. They succeeded on three and forced the planes to fly to the Jordanian desert, where the hijackers blew up the aircraft after releasing most of the hostages. The final hostages were freed in exchange for seven Palestinian prisoners. The fourth attack on an El Al plane by two people was foiled by the pilots, passengers and armed guards aboard.
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On the 15th anniversary of Kandahar IC-814 flight hijacking today, here's a look at some other notable hijackings from around the world. All pics/AFP