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That was a very brave thing to do. And totally unnecessary.
~ Nagi Hassan

Nagi Hassan is the main antagonist in the 1996 film Executive Decision.

He is portrayed by David Suchet. 


Hassan is an ally of El Sayed Jaffa, the world's most feared terrorist who was recently captured. As Oceanic Airlines Flight 343 is leaving Europe on route to the United States, Hassan and a group of terrorists hijack the plane with ease with the intention of forcing the U.S. President to release Jaffa. Among the hostages on board is the top stewardess Jean, whom Hassan allows to carry out her jobs on the condition that she doesn't get in the terrorists' way.

A Naval Academy graduate named Dr. David Grant and Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis hear the demands for the release of Jaffa and concoct a plan to secretly board the plane and stop Hassan. Grant, Travis and his team, including Carlos 'Rat' Lopez, successfully reach the aircraft but Travis sacrifices himself in order to allow the others to get on board. Later, when Jaffa is released from prison, it is revealed that Hassan's true plan is to destroy the Eastern Seaboard with a Soviet poison gas bomb known as DZ-5. While contacting Washington, Hassan calls a man named Mavros, a U.S. Senator, to the cockpit to speak to the President. He is unaware that the President is out of the country at this time which results in Hassan killing him, while Grant enters the cabin to search for a sleeper amongst the passengers, who is holding the detonator. He eventually locates the sleeper and in the resulting chaos, the cabin is depressurized before Grant manages to prevent the sleeper from detonating the bomb. With nowhere to run, Hassan wounds Rat before killing the pilots in desperation, planning to detonate the bomb on impact with the ground. However, as Hassan is about to gloat at Grant, Rat guns him down and kills him.



  • Hassan is somewhat similar to Egor Korshunov from the 1997 film Air Force One, as both are terrorist leaders who hijack a plane with the intention of forcing the U.S. President to release an imprisoned and very powerful criminal. As well as this, they also share similar threats, such as planning to kill a hostage every minute until their demands are met. They also happen to serve foreign dictators and seek to have them released.
    • However Hassan is far worse. Unlike Korshunov, who had some good qualities like caring for his men and his leader, Hassan only cares for his own cause.
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