Update : EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed

Update : EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed

Update : EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed

Written by Staff Writer

29 Mar, 2016 | 12:35 pm

Most of the passengers on board a hijacked Egyptian airliner that was forced to divert to Cyprus have been freed, the airline says.

EgyptAir said negotiations had resulted in the release of all those on board Flight MS181 apart from the crew and four foreign passengers.

Video from Larnaca airport has shown people leaving the plane and boarding a bus.

Airline and Egyptian government sources are quoted as saying that the domestic flight travelling from Alexandria to Cairo was taken over by at least one armed hijacker.

They asked for the flight to land in Cyprus, an EgyptAir spokeswoman is quoted as saying.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reports that 55 people were on board.

There were earlier reports of more than 80 people on board.

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