Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif of the Pasdaran's public affairs office later announced that the hijacking
was planned by Israel in an effort to distract from the visit to Tehran that day of Lebanese President Saad Hariri.
The plot, he said, eventually evolved into hijacking
a small number of planes in the United States and East Asia and either having them explode or crash into targets simultaneously.
This was the context in which the Cuban government ended the hijackings
by executing the three hijackers of the Havana harbor ferry.
The two aircraft were reportedly packed with military personnel pretending to be civilians taking part in a hijacking
As if the recent hijacking
of a competitor's flight wasn't bad enough news for business, the kidnapping of a Colombian senator on board the plane prompted Pastrana to abandon peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and to order the military to retake a large rebel-controlled zone in southern Colombia.
The man apparently tried to overtake the driver after ranting about hijackings
The call came in the wake of the kamikaze hijackings
which ended in the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon which have left almost 7,000 dead and missing.
Historically, most aircraft hijackings
were used as a means of extortion.
The Hakodate District Court gave him eight years in prison in March 1997 saying the hijacking
was not particularly vicious compared with other hijackings
Car thefts and armed hijackings
are common in South Africa, particularly in Johannesburg.
This is roughly the moment between the first hijackings
to Havana in the late '50s and the 1988 downing of Pan Am flight 103.
Stansted Airport, Essex - earmarked for hijackings
into the London area - was put on alert.