Egyptian Plane Hijacked, Forced To Land At Cyprus

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • March 29, 2016, 12:48 AM


An EgyptAir airliner has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus.


EgyptAir confirmed the hijacking on Twitter.



Egypt Air Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying more than 80 passengers mostly Egyptian from Alexandria to Cairo, was taken over by at least one hijacker.


A hijacker who said he was wearing a suicide belt ordered the flight crew to divert to Cyprus, EgyptAir said.


Cypriot police said those in control of the aircraft had made no immediate demands after it landed.


Larnaca airport has been closed and scheduled flights diverted elsewhere.


The hijackers have offered to release women and children if police move away from the aircraft, the Mediterranean island nation's former EU commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said on Twitter.



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