EgyptAir Flight Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus

CAIRO — Most of the passengers on an EgyptAir plane that was hijacked and forced to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus were released on Tuesday, the airline and Egyptian officials said, after the jet was diverted during its flight to Cairo from Alexandria Flight Hijacked.

A hijacker told the pilot he was wearing a belt containing explosives and threatened to detonate it, officials said. It was not clear whether there were other hijackers.

EgyptAir said in a post on Twitter that negotiations with the hijacker had led to the release of all on board except four foreigners and the crew members. In a statement on its Facebook page, EgyptAir identified the flight as MS181 and said it had been carrying 56 passengers, 7 crew members and one EgyptAir security officer. The airline had said earlier that there had been 81 people on the Airbus A320 plane.

Hosni Hassan, a senior official at Borg el-Arab Airport in Alexandria, said by telephone that a majority of the passengers were Egyptian but that the passengers also included citizens from seven other countries, including Belgium, Greece, Italy and the United States. see more