|Hijacked: The EgyptAir was enroute to Cairo, carrying 62 people - including eight Brits and ten Americans - when it was hijacked by a man in an explosive vest|
An Egyptian passenger plane carrying British and U.S. citizens has made an emergency landing on Cyprus after being hijacked by a man wearing a suicide vest. EgyptAir MS181 was en-route from Alexandria to Cairo when it requested permission to make an emergency landing at Larnaca Airport on Cyprus. The Airbus 320 is reportedly carrying 62 people, including eight Brits and ten Americans.
Negotiations with the hijacker has since resulted in the release of a majority of the hostages, except for the crew and five foreigners, EgyptAir said. The nationalities of the five 'foreign' passengers are not yet known.
At least one man on the plane is believed to be armed, and explosives have been found onboard, Cypriot officials said.
The hijacking of the plane, carrying 55 passengers and a crew of seven, was confirmed by EgyptAir on Twitter at 7.40am GMT.The plane diverted to Cyprus after a man on the flight threatened to detonate an explosives belt, Egypt's civil aviation authority said.
|Emergency landing: The Egypt Air jet was en-route from Alexandria to Cairo when it was reportedly hijacked|
Hijackers demanded that authorities leave the runway 'in order to release women and children passengers', former EU Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassiliou, tweeted.
One armed hijacker took control of the Airbus A320 at 8.30am (6.30am GMT), police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.
The hijacking occurred in Cyprus's flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca, where the plane currently sits on the runway.
Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. we'll publish an official statement now. #Egyptair— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
Negotiations with the kidnapped result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
BREAKING: Egyptian state TV identifies hijacker as Ibrahim Samaha https://t.co/hXtBOEjhTC #Cyprus #Egypt— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 29, 2016
Emergency Call Center— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
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