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Synonyms for hijacker

a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it

someone who uses force to take over a vehicle (especially an airplane) in order to reach an alternative destination

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The terrorist cell, based in San Diego, included suicide hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi, Khalid al-Midhar and Hani Hanjour.
Friday, the hijacker ordered Naoyuki Nagashima, the plane's captain, to fly to Yokosuka, Oshima Island and the Yokota base.
Our main fear was that the hijacker may enter the cockpit, or that he knew how to fly a plane or use it to explode," said co-pilot Hamad al-Qaddah.
He refused to identify the hijacker or the nationalities of passengers who were held hostage.
The hijacker asked pilots to fly to Sochi, where winter olympic games are being held.
Graham believed the 'chance' meeting between the hijackers and the Saudi was planned.
The hijacker agreed to free women and children of allow provisions on board, the JANA news agency reported later.
Control tower officials in Rome - veterans in the international war against hijackers - noted that the four terrorists were "very, very nervous, and at times incomprehensible"
When the aircraft landed in Bogota, the hijackers had been in contact with air traffic control to make it known that they had taken control.
The two hijackers holding pasasengers on a Greek bus surrendered late last night and freed their remaining seven hostages.
The call for nationalizing drivers' licenses and other identification is a particularly striking example of going after the wrong target, considering that most of the 9/11 hijackers traveled openly in the United States.
The video shows an airport security guard hand-checking the baggage of Nawaf al-Hazmi for traces of explosives before letting him continue with his brother Salem, a fellow hijacker in the 2001 plot.
Only hijacker Hani Hanjour cleared security without incident.
11 hijacker Mohammad Atta and his German cell in Hamburg.
THE chilling voice of a September 11 hijacker and the terrifying struggle for control of one of the doomed jets has been broadcast for the first time.