Passenger hijacks EgyptAir flight 181

Passenger hijacks EgyptAir Flight MS181

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A passenger (identified by the Cyprus foreign ministry as Seif Eldin Mustafa) hijacked an Egyptian plane, EgyptAir Flight MS181 which was on a scheduled route from Alexandria to Cairo on Tuesday morning. The plane veered off course and landed at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus.

No fewer than 55 passengers were on board the plane according to Egyptian authorities. All the passengers have been released but the captain and co-pilot, a female crew member, a security officer and three passengers are still being held.

It is unclear what the motive of the hijacker is but Cypriot president, Nikos Anastasiades, was quoted saying ‘It is not to do with terrorism’, but that the hijacker simply ‘demands to speak to ex-wife’

 According to officials, the plane was hijacked 30 minutes into its flight. Local TV later showed about 40 women and children being allowed to leave the aircraft after it landed. The freed passengers were then put on buses and taken to terminal buildings.
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