1. First ever recorded plane hijack, involving a commercial aircraft
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Lost in the pages of history are such infamous cases of plane hijacking that shook the world. Starting with the very first recorded plane hijack is the case of a commercial aircraft dated back to July 16, 1948. It turned out to be an unsuccessful attempt to get control of a Cathay Pacific seaplane, eventually leading it to crash in the sea off Macau.
2. The Kandahar hijacking, one of the longest ones in history
In December 1999, an Indian Airline Flight IC-814 was hijacked by a Pakistan-based terrorist group. Known to be the longest hijacking case to be recorded ever, it lasted for about a week with landings in Amritsar, Lahore, Dubai, and Kandahar.
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3. The infamous 9/11 plane hijackings
Needless to mention, these have been the most fatal hijackings of all time. 19 terrorists took over four planes including two of American Airlines and two United Airlines flights. Out of American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, and United Airlines Flight 175, three were used as cruise missile for the suicide bombing on buildings.
4. The popular D.B Cooper plane hijack
D.B. Cooper is now famously known as the devil-in-disguise. Albeit, his real identity remains to be still under tight wraps; he was the mastermind behind the hijacking of a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971. He had taken $200,000 in ransom.
5. The Mogadishu hijack
Four Palestinian militants had hijacked a Lufthansa flight 181 mid-air and taken it to Mogadishu (Somalia) in 1977. After landing, German special missions group members, GSG 9, assisted by two SAS advisors, marched into the plane. They killed three of the terrorists in a mission codenamed Operation Feuerzauber (Fire Magic), thereby saving any harm to the passengers held hostage.
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