EgyptAir Flight Hijacked By A Man Over His Ex Wife
People are really wilding out this fine Tuesday morning…
A hijacker claiming to have an explosive belt diverted a commercial jet and was holding seven people hostage Tuesday over what appeared to be a “personal” matter involving a woman, authorities said.
EgyptAir Flight MS181 was en route from the Egyptian city of Alexandria to Cairo when one of the passengers aboard ordered the plane to land in either Turkey or Cyprus, according to the airline.
The Airbus A320 flew to the Cypriot port city of Larnaca and landed at around 7:50 a.m. local time (12:50 a.m. ET), where negotiations got underway, EgyptAir said.
There were conflicting reports about how many people were on board — with some officials saying it was carrying 55 and others suggesting that figure was 81.
The majority of the passengers were soon released, leaving all but four foreigners and seven crew members on board.
Later, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said only three passengers and four crew remained on the hijacked plane about three hours into the drama.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades adamantly insists that this hijacking is NOT related to ISIS or any terrorist group.
Hopefully all the passengers involved get off the plane safely.
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