That hacker (security researcher) who made headlines a few weeks back for hacking into one of United’s in-flight entertainment systems apparently used his access to fly the plane sideways according to an FBI search warrant. The FBI affidavit states that he used his access to issue a climb command, turning the plane sideways.
According to the document, Roberts said he gained access to the systems by plugging his own laptop computer into the IFE system’s electronic boxes mounted under passenger seats. Once in the system, he said he was able to access other systems — including the jets’ Thrust Management Computer, which is responsible for providing power to the plane’s engines. He claimed that he overwrote code in the Thrust Management Computer while aboard one particular flight and “successfully commanded the system he had accessed to issue the “CLB’ or climb command. “He stated that he thereby caused one of the plane’s engines to climb, resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane.”
Kind of crazy, reminds me of a certain Die Hard 2. Check out the full article for an interesting read.