air piracy


Definition of air piracy

: the hijacking of a flying airplane : skyjacking

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Recent Examples on the Web As for Kerkow, the first Oregonian ever charged with air piracy? oregonlive, "How Coos Bay’s ‘All-American girl’ became a daring skyjacker, then disappeared into 1970s underground," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of air piracy

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air piracy was in 1948

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“Air piracy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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air piracy


Legal Definition of air piracy

1 : the hijacking of an aircraft especially in flight specifically : the act of seizing control of an aircraft by force, violence, threat, or intimidation with wrongful intent
2 : the felony of hijacking or seizing control of an aircraft

called also aircraft piracy

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