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[Updated] Egypt Air Plane hijacked: Hijacker arrested

[Updated] Egypt Air Plane hijacked: Hijacker arrested


Hijacker of the EgyptAir plane that was diverted to Cyprus has been arrested.

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Plane hijacking suspect to be question ‘to ascertain his true motives’.

“At some moments he asked to meet with a representative of the European Union and at other points he asked to go to another airport but there was nothing specific,” Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said.

Crew and passengers freed and safe.

Cyprus government spokesman confirms arrest on twitter.

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At least 4 more people seen leaving EgyptAir hijacked plane- AFP
Many passengers have been freed but negotiations to release more are still ongoing.

Cyprus Foreign Ministry identifies hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister declines to give the identity of the hijacker and passengers left on board the aircraft.

7 people left on board the EgyptAir hijacked plane,including 3 passengers. Stranded passengers to be airlifted- Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Authorities to hold press conference shortly.

Terrorism ruled out
“It is not something which has to do with terrorism,” Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters.

4 -5 more passengers seen leaving the hijacked EgyptAir plane. It is not yet clear how many people are left on board the aircraft. Reuters

9:30 EgyptAir hijacker is a professor of veterinary medicine at the Alexandria University- University website Reuters

“It looks like at least 49 of the passengers have been freed.That is all I have to say,” Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is quoted by Reuters news agency.

AFP reports witnesses said the hijacker threw a letter written in Arabic, asking for it to be delivered to his ex-wife who is from Cyprus.

EgyptAir hijacker is seeking asylum in Cyprus – state media reports.

Larnaca Airport closed, flights diverted.


Live pictures of passengers released

Between 15 to 20 people left on board hijacked Egypt Airplane- Cyprus Foreign Ministry

Cyprus Foreign Ministry officials cannot confirm if hijacker is trapped with explosives.

“The negotiations with the hijacker have resulted in the release of all the plane passengers with the exception of the crew and five foreigners,“ 
the airline said in a statement. Reuters

Egyptian passengers released (public TV reports)

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A passenger with a suicide belt threatened the pilot of a hijacked EgyptAir plane that was diverted to Cyprus on Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said pilot Omar al-Gammal had informed authorities that he was threatened by a passenger who possessed a suicide belt and forced him to land in Larnaca. Reuters

An EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and landed in Cyprus, state radio said.

Civil aviation and police sources say the plane was hijacked by one person. A passenger threatened to blow his belt.

Egypt Air confirmed the hijack on its twitter account.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reported that 55 people were on board, with a crew of 7.
 There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people on board.

At least one man was thought to be armed. The hijacking occurred in Cyprus’s flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca.

The hijackers contacted the control tower at 8:30 (05:30 GMT) and the domestic flight from Alexandria was allowed to land at 8:50, according to police.

The hijacker has not made any requests yet.

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