EgyptAir hijack: Hijacker arrested at Cyprus airport

According to the foreign ministry in Cyprus, the hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet has been arrested. The hijacker was arrested at the island’s Larnaca airport after a five-hour standoff.

EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday morning and forced to divert to Cyprus, in an incident that was not politically motivated, the president of Cyprus said.

EgyptAir said flight 181 had 81 people on board, including a crew of seven. Most of them were released shortly after landing in Cyprus.

At around 11:30 GMT, the last seven people were seen leaving the aircraft, one whom escaped though the cockpit window.

Earlier on Tuesday, aviation minister Sherif Fathy at a news conference in Cairo said three foreign passengers were still on board, together with the pilot and co-pilot, one flight attendant and an air marshal.

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