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EgyptAir hijacker arrested after plane lands in Cyprus

An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane during a routine domestic flight to Cairo and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus on Tuesday has surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew unharmed.


March 29, 2016
By The Associated Press

His surrender ended an hours-long drama and standoff at the Larnaca airport in southern Cyprus. The hijacker, who was wearing what appeared to be a belt laden with explosives, had earlier freed most of the passengers but kept seven people — four crew members and three passengers — with him.

Representatives from Egypt’s aviation ministry said they determined the belt was fake. | READ MORE