Larnaca, Cyprus

An Egyptian airline flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and forced to land in  Cyprus.

A person strapped with explosives hijacked EgyptAir Flight MS181. The planes pilot, Omar al-Gammal, told air authorities that the passenger was wearing a suicide explosives belt and demanded that the plane landed Cyprus city of Larnaca.


The Airbus 320 with 60 passengers and seven crewmembers safely landed at the airport in Larnaca. Upon arrival, the highjacker threw a letter written in Arabic on the ground demanding that it delivered to his ex-wife who lived in Cyprus.

Cyprus officials have announced that the hijacker is Seif Eldin Mustafa.

After negotiations with officials, Mustafa did eventually release all but four passengers. Leaving on the plane all the crew and the four non-Egyptian nationals.

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