CAIRO: Tuesday morning an EgyptAir shuttle plane scheduled to travel from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked by a man reportedly wearing an explosive belt, who forced the pilot to travel to Cyprus.
Cypriot T.V. has reported the hijacker allowed women and children from among the 55 passengers to leave the aircraft, according to Al Arabiya T.V.
Thirty Egyptians, 10 Americans and eight British were among the 55 passengers onboard, Cairo airport sources told Youm7.
Here are the live updates:
14:05: All passengers of Egypt’s MS181 safe: #Cyprus government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides
13:55: All #MS181 hostages released, hijacker arrested: EgyptAir
13:53: Hijacker of Egypt’s MS181 arrested: #Cyprus government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides
13:46: Cyprus forces seen escorting unidentified men near Egypt’s hijacked plane MS181
13:39: Cyprus forces raid Egypt’s hijacked plane MS181: Al-Arabiya
13:35: Egypt on getting Cyprus permits to fly Cairo Airport plane to Larnaca Airport, return Egyptians released from hijacked plane: EgyptAir
13:10: EgyptAir: the concerned departments are working to issue landing authorization for an aircraft to depart from Cairo Airport to Larnaca
13:00: Plane headed for New York takes off from Cairo Airport: Youm7
12:57: Egypt’s General Prosecution teams heads to Borg al-Arab Airport to investigate the incident.
12:30: Cyprus foreign ministry names hijacker as Seif Eldin Mustafa
12:10: Egyptian presidential spox tells CNN EgyptAir Flight 181 hijacker is Seif El Din Mustafa, an Egyptian national
12:05: An Egyptian woman has said she is the wife of Ibrahim Samaha — the name given earlier by Egyptian officials as the hijacker. She says her husband, with the same name, is not the hijacker and that he was on his way to Cairo en route to the United States to attend a conference.
11:50: Dr. Ibrahim Samaha tells BBC Arabic he is a passenger, not a hijacker
11:35: I will not say name of the hijacker until it is verified and is the suitable time to announce it: Minister
11:31: We are not sure if what he has is a threat to the aircraft, but we are treating it as a threat” Minister [
11:30: We cannot determine when the negotiations with hijacker will end, we now focusing on the safety of the passengers and crew : Minister
11:10: News conference by Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy expected momentarily
11:00: Ibrahim Samaha was listed on a flight heading to New York City from Cairo: Ahram reporter to CBC
10:25: Cypriot TV says no bombs found on board, according to Youm7
9:55: Alleged hijacker Ibrahim Samaha has requested asylum
09:50: Samaha requested the plane be flown to Turkey, but the pilot said there was not enough fuel: State TV
09:50: State TV reports it has identified Ibrahim Samaha as a hijacker of EgyptAir flight 181
09:43: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi called his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades to follow up on the latest development.
9:30: Negotiations result in release of all passengers aboard hijacked plane except for 5 foreigners and the crew members, according to EgyptAir.