An EgyptAir Airbus 320 travelling from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked by a man who demanded that a letter be delivered to his wife. The hijacker wearing an explosive vest demanded that the pilot land the plane either in Turkey or Cyprus.
Flight MS181 was flying from Alexandria to Cairo with 65 passengers on board.
“The Airbus A-320 carrying 81 passengers and flying between Alexandria and Cairo was hijacked. The pilot said that a passenger told him he had an explosives vest and forced the plane to land in Larnaca,” an Egyptian aviation ministry statement said.
The hijacker originally identified a 27-year-old Ibrahim Samaha, a professor that was asking for asylum contacted the control tower at 8.30am but the plane was given permission to land at 8.50am.
He was latter identified as Seif El Din Mustafa, an Egyptian national. He has been arrested and all the hostages freed.