Is it illegal, or proscribed in contract, for a pilot to abandon a [hijacked] plane? A sea captain?

Yesterday’s EgyptAir hijacking; the plane is parked, pilot exits via window: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/12206204/EgyptAir-flight-from-Alexandria-to-Cairo-hijacked-live.html

Obviously abnormal circumstances.

I’m basing this on my notion that such laws exist in marine operations.

ETA: Under normal circumstances, it’s hardly a question, although I’m interested what of the many charges could be filed.

Apologies for the naive-sounding subject header.

Well for an actual GQ answer, the captain of the Costa Concordia liner which sank off Italy was sentenced to 16 years, in part for leaving the ship during rescue operations:

There is precedent for the pilots escaping without the passengers. When hijackers stormed Pan Am Flight 73 while it was on the ground in Karachi, the flight crew left the passengers behind:

You can see the “inertial escape reels” in action in this YouTube video.

The pilot is possibly the hi-jackers most important asset. Getting him off the plane may be a good idea.

Thread title edited at request of OP.

Colibri
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Yeah it seems irresponsible to me for the pilots to stay on the plane, given the opportunity to get out. Without anyone capable of flying it, a plane goes from a guided missile to a tin can.

Good cite, which whets my interest in what, if any, the union (I assume that’s what that association is) or the airlines themselves, formally or anecdotally-informally have established since 9/11.

It can’t be that the topic hasn’t come up. (Insert smiley-but- not- really-funny-smiley.)