Latest Hijacking News

Plaque commemorating pilot of hijacked 9/11 plane missing

Nov. 9, 2019 9:13 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A plaque commemorating a New Hampshire man who was piloting one of the planes that was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 is missing from the Portsmouth tree where it had been chained for 17 years. The plaque honors Tom McGuinness, the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which was...

Spain: Pilot set off hijack alert while teaching procedures

Nov. 7, 2019 7:01 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The company which owns Spain*s Air Europa airline says the pilot that set off an accidental hijacking warning in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport was teaching procedures to a junior pilot at the time. Globalia said Thursday the pilot keyed in the code by mistake as the plane bound for Madrid was...

Airline says false hijack alarm caused Dutch airport alert

Nov. 6, 2019 5:02 PM EST

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — An accidental hijack warning set off from the cockpit of a plane triggered a big security operation at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday night, a Spanish airline and Dutch military police said.  Air Europa said in a tweet that the scare that sent emergency services...

The Latest: Carrier: Security alert mistakenly triggered

Nov. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a security alert at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (all times local): 9:20 p.m. A Spanish carrier says a security alert at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport began when a hijacking warning on a plane was accidentally set off. Air Europa said in a tweet Wednesday night...

France: Person arrested in Sept. 11-style attack threat

Oct. 18, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A young man flagged for Islamic radicalism is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack, authorities said Friday. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the man's arrest late last month marked the 60th time that French...

Parole denied again for inmate in 1976 school bus hijacking

Oct. 8, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials again rejected parole Tuesday for the last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of children for $5 million ransom more than four decades ago. State parole officials decided that Frederick Woods, 67, can try again in five years. It's the 17th...

Lebanese man back home after mistaken for hijacker in Greece

Sep. 25, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese journalist returned home to Beirut on Wednesday after being mistakenly detained last week in Greece on suspicion of involvement in a 1985 TWA airline hijacking. A Greek police statement said the name on the man's passport came up on a European police computer system as that of a...

Egypt court sentences plane hijacker to life in prison

Sep. 24, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and ordered it to land in Cyprus to life in prison. Alexandria Criminal Court on Tuesday served up Seif Eddin Mustafa's sentence after he was convicted of hijacking a civilian plane and taking passengers hostage....

Greek police make arrest in 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847

Sep. 21, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American. Police said a 65-year-old suspect in the hijacking was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response...