An EgyptAir airliner has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus.
Flight MS181 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosive belt.
EgyptAir has said that negotiations had resulted in the release of everyone on board the Airbus A320 except for the crew and four foreign passengers, BBC reports.
The Egyptian civil aviation ministry said in a statement: “The pilot said that a passenger told him he had an explosives vest and forced the plane to land in Larnaca.”
Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. we'll publish an official statement now. #Egyptair
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
And Cypriot foreign ministry Alexandros Zenon told French television: “The information we have so far is that it is one hijacker. The person has yet to make any demands.”
The country’s state news agency has said that the hijacker is from Egypt, however, other reports have suggested the hijacker is a Libyan national.
The UK Foreign Office have released a statement following reports that four Britons were on board the hijacked plane.
Larnaca airport has been closed and flights have been diverted.
UNILAD will release more information as we get it.