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CAIRO/ATHENS: An Egyptair domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and landed in Cyprus, Egyptian officials said.
The pilot of the plane was threatened by a passenger strapped with explosives, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said.
The hijacking occurred in Cyprus’s flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca.
Some passengers being released: Cyprus media
A number of passengers onboard the hijacked EgyptAir airliner were being freed, Cyprus broadcaster CYBC reported.
The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reported that 55 passengers were on board and a crew of seven.
The plane was an Airbus 320, Egypt´s aviation ministry said.
The ministry in a statement that pilot Omar al-Gammal had informed authorities that he was threatened by a passenger who possessed a suicide belt and forced him to land in Larnaca.
CYBC said the airplane was parked at an apron at Larnaca airport. The hijacker asked police to back away from the aircraft, it said.