A suspected hijacker who took several hostages on board an EgyptAir plane, forcing it to divert to Cyprus, has now been arrested.Read the full story ›
The EgyptAir plane hijacker's suicide belt was a fake, Egyptian civil aviation ministry officials have confirmed.
The EgyptAir plane hostage situation at Larnaca airport in Cyprus ended after the hijacker was arrested.
The man arrested for hijacking an Egyptian passenger plane has been seen being led away from the aircraft at Lanarca Airport in Cyprus.
Pictures showed a man in a white shirt being led through the airport's grounds by a large group of officials.
The hijacking of an EgyptAir passenger plane this morning is "over" after a man suspected of orchestrating the incident was arrested.
Cypriot broadcasters reported the hijacker emerged from the Airbus 320, which had been travelling from Burg El Arab to Cairo, with his hands help up.
Several more people have been seen leaving the hijacked EgyptAir plane that landed in Cyprus, including one man who climbed out of the cockpit window.
Three people dressed in uniform were also seen running down the plane's steps.
The EgyptAir plane hijack does not appear related to terrorism and the hijacker appears "unstable", the Cyprus foreign ministry has said.
The hijackers motives are still unclear and negotiations and continuing, they added.
Seven people remain on board the hijacked passenger plane which was forced to land at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus, according to Egyptian authorities.
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A man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane earlier today causing it to land in Cyprus has been identified.
The Cypriot Foreign Affairs Ministry officially named the hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa.
They added that the situation, where hostages remain on board the plane, is ongoing.
It is not known if the suicide belt is real but the hijack situation is being dealt with as if it is, the civil aviation minister told a press conference.
Negotiations are on-going and seven are still on board.
The hijacker had not made any concrete demands so far, said Sherif Fathy, who declined to give the nationalities of the passengers still on the plane.
He declined to identify the hijacker.
Seven people are still being held on the hijacked plane, according to the Egyptian civil aviation minister.
Negotiations are ongoing, he told a press conference.
On board the plane is the captain and his co-pilot, a stewardess, three passengers and one security officer.