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EgyptAir hijacker is arrested

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.

Man filmed escaping plane through cockpit window

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.

One man was seen climbing out of the right hand window of the plane's cockpit before running away from the plane. Credit: RTV
Other apparent crew members were seen leaving the aircraft by the stairs. Credit: RTV
The crew exits came after the vast majority of passengers were earlier freed from the hijacked plane at the Cypriot airport. Credit: RTV

Cyprus foreign ministry: Hijacker appears 'unstable'

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.


EgyptAir hijacker is identified

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 hijackers suicide belt is real'

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.

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