"Hijack Distress Button" on 757 or 767

USAFMXOfficer

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Need some help, I am in argument on another forum with a conspiracy theorist who is asking why the pilots did not have enough time to hit the "hijack distress button" in time. I believe that 757 or 767 at that time had normal transponders, which required the entry of the "7500" code to denote hijacking, not a "hijack button". He keeps pointing to the recent article about a SaudiAirline 777 where a pilot accidentally pressed "the hijack button" - either the article is in error and indeed all aircraft still have transponders, or, modern 777s have a separate hijack button.....can anyone assist?
 

Mick West

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Staff member
No button was used, according to this:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/stor...lls-how-saudia-pilots-sent-false-hijack-alarm
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
More:
http://www.ibtimes.ph/air-safety-group-wants-saudia-airlines-flight-sv872-pilot-removed-4089
The same article says:
So it seems just like the media misunderstanding what a Squawk code is. You don't "press" a 7500 or 7600 button. You dial it in on your alternate transponder, then switch over.
 

USAFMXOfficer

New Member
Thank you so much! I thought maybe a "hijack button" was added to modern airliners....I knew transponders are still in use. Great article, thanks!
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
Thank you so much! I thought maybe a "hijack button" was added to modern airliners....I knew transponders are still in use. Great article, thanks!
People have suggested that airlines might have secretly added a "hijack button". But either they have done it secretly, or they didn't do it. There's no evidence such a button exists.
 
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