- EgyptAir flight MS181 was hijacked while flying from Alexandria to Cairo on Tuesday
- The hijacker was strapped with explosives when he allegedly demanded the pilot reroute the aircraft
EgyptAir flight MS181 has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus.
The Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo, was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt.
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According to the BBC, a video from the scene shows people leaving the plane and boarding a bus. Larnaca airport has been closed and scheduled flights diverted elsewhere.
"The pilot said that a passenger told him he had an explosives vest and forced the plane to land in Larnaca," the Egyptian civil aviation ministry said in a statement.
"The information we have so far is that it is one hijacker. The person has yet to make any demands," Cypriot foreign ministry Alexandros Zenon told French television.
Egyptian state media named the hijacker as Ibrahim Samaha, an Egyptian, but gave no other details about him. Passengers on the plane included eight Britons and 10 Americans, three security sources at Alexandria airport said. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except five foreign passengers and the crew, EgyptAir said.