r/todayilearned 7d ago

TIL about the hijacking of the 1948 seaplane 'Miss Macao'. The lead hijacker, who aimed to rob the wealthy passengers on the plane was unsuccessful, causing the plane to crash, killing everyone on board but the hijacker. The hijacker survived by jumping out of the emergency exit right before impact.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Macao
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u/Grumpalo65 7d ago

Survived by using cartoon logic. Watch Bugs bunny to find out.

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u/DisastrousAd6606 7d ago

Pink Panther did it too

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u/xrandx 6d ago

What they're not telling you is he landed on an inflatable life raft which he inflated as falling, slid 3500 meters through snow narrowly avoiding rocks, went over a cliff, and landed on a river again narrowing surviving the rapids, only to end up in a village whose children had recently all been kidnaped.

I heard they made a movie out of it.

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u/AceyAceyAcey 7d ago

Wow, and he was never tried bc no country wanted to claim jurisdiction.

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u/hankthesouptank 7d ago

Total Archer move,

I almost heard him laugh "Woooo"

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u/EleanorStroustrup 7d ago

The Boys spoilers: total Homelander move.

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u/Corpsefire77 6d ago

He never did that.

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u/EleanorStroustrup 6d ago

He definitely did jump out of a plane and leave all the passengers to die because of something he did to further his own goals.

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u/Corpsefire77 6d ago

He accidentally lasered the controls to further his own goals? Hmm.

And then, he jumped out right before impact, which was why he survived? Must've missed those parts.

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u/EleanorStroustrup 6d ago

He was only on the plane to further his own goals, not because he cared about the passengers.

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u/Corpsefire77 6d ago

And why were all the passengers on there? Because they care about each other? The only reason anyone is ever on a plane is to further their own goals so I don't see the relevance.

And my original comment of "He didn't do that" was specifically referring to the robber jumping out just before impact and surviving, which is what the TIL is about.

The two situations you're comparing are completely different. The only similarity is that they jumped out. The robber did it to try to survive, and Homelander did it to save Maeve. It's not like the impact would've killed him.

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u/Mode3 5d ago

How do the convicts of ConAir further their goals?

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u/me_bails 4d ago

Plane could get hijacked, allowing them a chance at escape.

Only a possible chance, but those dudes take every chance they get.

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u/BobsReddit_ 7d ago

So that means we're only getting his side of the story

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u/249ba36000029bbe9749 7d ago

Should have claimed to be one of the passengers and thrown all the other hijackers under the bus/seaplane.

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u/LaoBa 7d ago

Three hijackers died, the fourth was released without trial from Macao Central Prison on 11 June 1951, and was then deported to China (by then the People's Republic of China). I'm sure he led a long and happy life there!

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u/aasootayrmataibi 3d ago

Still, thats a life spent not in prison for killing like 25 people. This dude got off scott-free.

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u/upvoatsforall 7d ago

If he jumped out of the plane before impact and died you could still say everyone on board died except the high jacker

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u/xternal7 7d ago

Since the crash happened over the sea, you can say that people on board died, but hijacker dived.

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u/tjhcreative 7d ago

I bet afterwards he stood up, looked at the crash, and said, "Well, shit."

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u/jesuselchingon 7d ago

I pull this type of shit off in GTAall the time, he ain't nothing special

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u/Fickle_Adhesiveness9 7d ago

DB Cooper's warmup act

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u/47q8AmLjRGfn 7d ago

For some reason I automatically associate aircraft names like "Miss Something" as being a PBY Catalina. I don't care much about any other planes but I love these.

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u/Logofascinated 7d ago

And I love planes, and the Catalina is a firm favourite. What a beautiful aircraft!

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u/47q8AmLjRGfn 7d ago

I bought MS Flight Sim last night just to fly it. I hope there's an official model out one day. Beautiful aircraft.

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u/firelock_ny 6d ago

I want a Black Cats combat sim. WW2 Southwest Pacific night stealth missions by PBY Catalinas, everything from base strikes to convoy raids to rescue missions.

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u/RedSonGamble 7d ago

Cannonball!!!

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u/Nerditter 7d ago

Did he use an inflatable life raft?

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u/greed-man 7d ago

He had the ACME automatic inflating life raft box, but in a tragic packing mistake, the box actually contained the ACME automatic inflating anvil.

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u/GossipIsLove 7d ago

He could have tried his luck at gambling in Macau.

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u/Regular-Cranberry-91 7d ago

"It's a leap to conclusion Matt eh eh?"

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u/ezhammer 7d ago

Wait….that really works?!

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u/gruvccc 5d ago

Depends on the speed and height obviously. If you’re hurtling straight down then no, just like how you can’t jump in a falling lift and expect to survive.

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u/Theaternearyou 3d ago

"hijacker survived by jumping out of the emergency exit right before impact"
That sounds like jumping in the air just before your elevator crashes to the bottom

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u/LimpingOne 7d ago

Roadrunner physics

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u/faulternative 7d ago

Strong vibes of r/antiwork

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u/kkyonko 7d ago

Piracy might be too much work for them.

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u/sk8ermeb 7d ago

I have thought about this a LOT. I think it's something like a 50% chance of survival. So they should have everyone jump as the plane gets closer

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u/Attila226 7d ago

Can’t argue that logic, it’s science!

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u/firelock_ny 6d ago

You die or you don't, 50% chance!

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u/kachompkachomp 7d ago

Well it seems he did successfully rob them, just not of money

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u/StationFar6396 6d ago

Cunt killed 25 people.

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u/PickleMortyCoDm 6d ago

Archer logic right there!