CHAPTER TWO - OFFENSE CONDUCT


PART A - OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSONES


5.      AIR PIRACY AND OFFENSES AGAINST MASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS


Historical Note:  Effective November 1, 1987.  Amended effective November 1, 2002 (see Appendix C, amendment 637).


§2A5.1.     Aircraft Piracy or Attempted Aircraft Piracy

(a)       Base Offense Level:  38

(b)      Specific Offense Characteristic

(1)       If death resulted, increase by 5 levels.


Commentary

Statutory Provisions:  49 U.S.C. § 46502(a), (b) (formerly 49 U.S.C. § 1472 (i), (n)).  For additional statutory provision(s), see Appendix A (Statutory Index).

Background:  This section covers aircraft piracy both within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, 49 U.S.C. § 46502(a), and aircraft piracy outside that jurisdiction when the defendant is later found in the United States, 49 U.S.C. § 46502(b).  Seizure of control of an aircraft may be by force or violence, or threat of force or violence, or by any other form of intimidation.  The presence of a weapon is assumed in the base offense level. 

Historical Note:  Effective November 1, 1987.  Amended effective November 1, 1995 (see Appendix C, amendment 534).