An EgyptAir flight, heading from Alexandria to the capital, Cairo, has been hijacked and diverted to Cyprus.
One person hijacked an EgyptAir plane that was heading from Alexandria to Cairo and diverted to Cyprus on Tuesday, civil aviation and police sources said. The sources said there were about 60 people on board.
The hijacker is thought to be strapped with explosives, according to Cyprus’ broadcaster CYBC.
In a statement, the ministry said 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.
The hijacked plane was parked at an apron at Larnaca airport. The hijacker asked police to back away from the aircraft, the broadcaster said.