History of airliner hijackings: 240 incidents in 85 years

Since 1931 and until now, more than 240 planes were hijacked around the world. Historians say that the first hijacked plane was in Brazil in 1931 for political reasons.

After the 9/11 attack, the second worst year for air travel was 1996. That year, in a skyjacking incident, 125 of the 175 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight lost their lives as three Ethiopian hijackers took control over it and crash landed the plane in the Indian Ocean.

The EgyptAir hijacking of Tuesday was the first such incident in two years. In 2014, an Ethiopian Airlines flight travelling to Rome was hijacked by the co-pilot.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 12:05 - GMT 09:05