skyjack

[ skahy-jak ]
/ ˈskaɪˌdʒæk /

verb (used with object)

to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.

Origin of skyjack

First recorded in 1965–70; sky + (hi)jack
Related formssky·jack·er, noun
Can be confusedhijack kidnap shanghai skyjack
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skyjack

/ (ˈskaɪˌdʒæk) /

verb

(tr) to commandeer (an aircraft), usually at gunpoint during flight, forcing the pilot to fly somewhere other than to the scheduled destination

Derived Formsskyjacker, noun

Word Origin for skyjack

C20: from sky + hijack
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