Two F-15s escorted an Alaska Airlines flight to SeaTac Thursday after an anonymous caller told the FBI that a passenger could be a hijacker.
Six men attempted to hijack a passenger plane in northwestern China on Friday, injuring 11 passengers and crew as they fought the attackers.
Happy Birthday to the late Swissair! Austrian Airlines resumes international service, an Arrow Air DC-10 drops some engine parts, Comair pilots launch an 89-day strike, and more…
Mexican authorities on Thursday announced that a Bolivian pastor was sentenced to over seven years in prison for the hijacking of Aeromexico Flight 576 in 2009.
New York’s Idlewild Airport is renamed to honor the recently assassinated President John F. Kennedy, Indian Airlines Flight 814 and Air France Flight 8969 are hijacked, LANSA Flight 508 crashes with a girl surviving the 2-mile plummet, Apollo 8 rounds the Moon, NORAD tracks Santa for the first time and more.
Today marks a number of aeronautical milestones: The first balloon flight, the first French airmail flight, the first nonstop flight across the South Atlantic, the first transatlantic flight by an airship, birthdays celebrated by Air India and LaGuardia Airport, the first hijacking of a Soviet airliner, and the launch of the Cassini probe!
In 1970, a BOAC VC-10 is hijacked and flown to Jordan, joining 4 other hijacked aircraft; Orville Wright makes a 1-hour flight in 1908; Two Tupolev aircraft collide in 1994 and an Allegheny DC-9 collides with a Piper over Fairland Indiana in 1969.