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49 USC 46502
Death resulting from aircraft hijacking


TITLE 49 - TRANSPORTATION
SUBTITLE VII - AVIATION PROGRAMS
PART A - AIR COMMERCE AND SAFETY
subpart iv - enforcement and penalties
CHAPTER 465 - SPECIAL AIRCRAFT JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES

Sec. 46502. Aircraft piracy

-STATUTE-

(a) In Special Aircraft Jurisdiction. -

      (1) In this subsection -

            (A) "aircraft piracy" means seizing or exercising control of an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States by force, violence, threat of force or violence, or any form of intimidation, and with wrongful intent.

            (B) an attempt to commit aircraft piracy is in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States although the aircraft is not in flight at the time of the attempt if the aircraft would have been in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States had the aircraft piracy been completed.

      (2) An individual committing or attempting or conspiring to commit aircraft piracy -

            (A) shall be imprisoned for at least 20 years; or

            (B) notwithstanding section 3559(b) of title 18, if the death of another individual results from the commission or attempt, shall be put to death or imprisoned for life.

(b) Outside Special Aircraft Jurisdiction. -

      (1) An individual committing or conspiring to commit an offense (as defined in the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft) on an aircraft in flight outside the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States -

            (A) shall be imprisoned for at least 20 years; or

            (B) notwithstanding section 3559(b) of title 18, if the death of another individual results from the commission or attempt, shall be put to death or imprisoned for life.

      (2) There is jurisdiction over the offense in paragraph (1) if -

            (A) a national of the United States was aboard the aircraft;

            (B) an offender is a national of the United States; or

            (C) an offender is afterwards found in the United States.

            (3) For purposes of this subsection, the term "national of the
United States" has the meaning prescribed in section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22)).


Source: Office of the Law Revision Counsel, US House of Representatives, "Search the United States Code," www.uscode.house.gov (accessed Sep. 6, 2012)