EgyptAir Hijacking; Most Passengers, Crew Released

Most of the passengers and crew on board a hijacked EgyptAir flight that landed in Cyprus have been released.

Most of the passengers and crew who were on board a hijacked Egyptian plane that was forced to divert to Larnaca airport in Cyprus have been freed.

EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over after a passenger claimed to be wearing a suicide explosive belt.

Some reports say the hijacker wants to talk to his estranged wife in Cyprus, and the Cypriot president has said the hijack is not a terrorist incident. But others say he is demanding the release of female prisoners in Egypt.

Egypt’s civil aviation minister told a news conference that seven people remained on board the jet.

Sherif Fathy identified them as the pilot, the co-pilot, a female stewardess, a security officer and three passengers whose nationalities he refused to divulge.

He said negotiations with the hijacker – who had made no specific demands – were continuing, and that it was unclear whether the hijacker had taken explosives on board or whether he was bluffing.

An aircraft was being sent to Larnaca to pick up the passengers who had been released, Fathy added.

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