|Quoting theaviator380 (Reply 224):|
and if one wanted to commit it then is it not commonsense to lock other pilot out of sight in order to go ahead as per his plan?
No need for either pilot to be locked out of flight deck. Example: Pilot A says he's going to the lavatory and stands up behind pilot B who is now flying the airplane on autopilot. Pilot A removes a knife or piano wire from his flight bag and slits the throat of pilot B all without a struggle because pilot B had no concern that this was even a possibility. Pilot A returns to his seat and commandeers the airplane. No one in main cabin would be any wiser.
I do not suggest that this is what happened, only an attempt to dispel the myth that a pilot hijacking his own plane (for whatever reason) requires the other pilot to physically leave the flight deck.
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