skyjack

verb
sky·jack | \ ˈskī-ˌjak \
skyjacked; skyjacking; skyjacks

Definition of skyjack 

transitive verb

: to commandeer (an airplane in flight) by the threat of violence

Other words from skyjack

skyjacker \ˈskī-ˌja-kər \ noun
skyjacking \ˈskī-ˌja-kiŋ \ noun

First Known Use of skyjack

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skyjack

sky entry 1 + -jack (as in hijack)

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