EgyptAir Airliner Hijacked

An EgyptAir airliner has been hijacked by a man claiming to be wearing an explosives belt.

According to local sources Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo, was hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

No demands have been made by those in control of the plane and negotiations have resulted in the release of all those on board apart from the crew and four passengers.

Larnaca airport has been closed and scheduled flights diverted elsewhere.

The Egyptian civil aviation ministry said in a statement: “The pilot said that a passenger told him he had an explosives vest and forced the plane to land in Larnaca.”

Cypriot foreign ministry Alexandros Zenon told French television: “The information we have so far is that it is one hijacker. The person has yet to make any demands.”

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