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An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya sits on the tarmac in Malta on Friday. Malta's state television said two hijackers who diverted a Libyan commercial plane to the Mediterranean island nation had threatened to blow it up. Jonathan Borg/AP hide caption

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Passengers leave a Southeast Airlines plane in Key West, Fla., on July 1, 1968, upon returning from Havana after their airliner was forced to fly to Cuba. The pilot, a Cuban refugee living in Miami, was held on the island to stand trial as a deserter. In the foreground are Mrs. Charles Evans and her 19-month-old daughter of Fort Worth, Texas. Harold Valentine/AP hide caption

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How The Recent EgyptAir Hijacking Conjured U.S. Skyjacking Epidemic

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The Four Seasons George V hotel is seen in Paris. Armed robbers held up a convoy of Saudi diplomatic vehicles that was bound for a Paris airport from the hotel, with about $335,000 in cash. Iam Langsdon/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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After landing in Geneva on Monday, the pilot who reportedly took over control of the Rome-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet used a rope to climb down from the cockpit. He then went to authorities and asked for asylum. Richard Juilliart/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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