EgyptAir Hijacking

March 29, 2016 by  

EgyptAir Hijacking, A man claiming to be wearing an explosive vest hijacked an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday, forcing it to land in Larnaca, on the southern coast of Cyprus, before he was arrested, according to the Cypriot government.

“It’s over,” the Cypriot Foreign Ministry announced at 2:41 p.m., after a standoff that lasted more than five hours.

Most of the 72 people on board were released after the flight was diverted en route to Cairo from Alexandria, but the plane stayed on the tarmac with the hijacker and seven or eight other people still on board. They were eventually freed – or escaped, in one case, by leaping from a cockpit window – and, shortly afterward, the hijacker surrendered.

The suspect was identified by Cypriot and Egyptian officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa, an Egyptian who used to live in Cyprus. He had told the pilot that he was wearing a suicide belt and threatened to detonate it.

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