Egyptair aircraft hijacked, forced to Cyprus

Hijacker reported to have personal motives
An EgyptAir flight was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus this morning – but not because of a terror plot. Reports say the incident was caused by a lovesick Romeo.
The domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked when the pilot was threatened by a passenger strapped with explosives, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry revealed earlier this morning.
The Airbus 320, which was carrying 55 passengers and a crew of seven, was diverted to Larnaca.
There the plane parked at an apron and the hijacker told police to back away from the aircraft. The passengers were then released unharmed. Nearby Israel scrambled its warplanes as a precaution.
After the man demanded to see his wife, five of the crew were seen leaving the plane. She is reported to be living in a village close to Larnaca and is on her way to the airport.
Reuters / BBC


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