Breaking News: EgyptAir Flight Hijacked

A n Airbus A320 aircraft which operated as EgyptAir flight 181 from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 and diverted to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus where it landed safely before 9:00 in the morning local time, according to reports from multiple media sources.

EgyptAir Flight Hijacked

According to a statement from officials of EgyptAir, of the 56 passengers who were aboard the airplane, all but five foreigners who were not Egyptian citizens were released as a result of negotiations and transported via buses to a safe location. None of seven members of the flight crew had yet been released.

Here is the official statement which is posted at the official Internet web site of EgyptAir:

An EGYPTAIR official declared that flight number MS181 heading from HBE Airport (Borg El- Arab Airport in Alexandria) to Cairo Airport was forced to be diverted to Larnaca airport in Cyprus as the aircraft was hijacked. The aircraft type is  Airbus A320 with 56 passengers onboard in addition to 7 crew members and one security member. The aircraft landed saf​ely at Larnaca airport.

EGYPTAIR confirms that they are following up with the concerned authorities in Cyprus through EGYPTAIR IOCC and negotiations are undergoing with the hijacker.

We​ will update you with any news within one hour.

A passenger who was strapped with explosives attached to a belt reportedly threatened the detonation of the belt to Omar al-Gammal, who was a pilot of the airplane and informed authorities of the incident. Whether or not only one person was involved in the hijacking of the aircraft is not currently known.

There is no word as to the reason as to why the aircraft was hijacked; nor were any demands known from the hijacker.

After being forced to land, the pilot parked the airplane at an apron at Larnaca International Airport, which was closed with flights diverted elsewhere. There is no word at this time as to when the airport will once again resume normal operations.

Officials from Cyprus are currently in communications with the suspected hijacker; while anti-terrorism units have been deployed at the airport in order to deal with the crisis.

7 thoughts on “Breaking News: EgyptAir Flight Hijacked”

  1. GUWonder says:

    Various press articles have released the names of the hijacker, but some articles have the hijackers name different than some other articles.

    It seems like the media wants to rush into naming names for their audience, even as it may disparage innocent individuals by doing so.

    1. GUWonder says:

      Ibrahim Samaha was the person mentioned in some articles as being the hijacker, while Seif El-Din Mustafa was the person mentioned to be the hijacker in other articles. If there is only one hijacker as has been mentioned, then one or more persons is having their name wrongfully tarnished as that of a hijacker.

      Given how the names are showing up in the media, I’m pretty sure the names were gotten by someone who had the passenger manifest for review.

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        I would not be the least bit surprised if that were indeed the case, GUWonder.

    2. Brian Cohen says:

      Unfortunately, it seems that the media tends to rush into a lot of actions which can be considered less than honorable, GUWonder.

      A name which immediately comes to mind is the late Richard Jewell. Do you remember him; as well as what happened to him?

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  3. Laura says:

    Never been out of Alexandria before, what is the airport security like? Seems pretty impressive to get a bomb belt onto a plane these days.

    Glad to hear that most passengers have been released; can’t imagine being in that situation.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I have never been to Alexandria despite being in Egypt last year, Laura; so I unfortunately cannot answer that question about airport security.

      Cairo is the only airport I used in Egypt. The only way I can describe that airport experience is barely organized chaos…

      …but I can guarantee you that airport security is safer than driving around Egypt:

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