CAIRO: The crew of the Egyptian plane hijacked Tuesday was honored by the Civil Pilots Syndicate upon their return to Cairo, Youm7 reported.
Pilot Amr el-Gammal, his copilot and a security guard were honored at the syndicate’s headquarters Wednesday.
The crew held a news conference to report the details of the hijacking incident. Unverified accounts on Facebook have said the crew dealt professionally with the ordeal, and their side of the story was heavily shared.
Seif Eldin Mohamed Mostafa, 58, hijacked a domestic flight and forced the pilot to land in Cyprus, claiming he wore an explosive belt. The Cypriot authorities labeled Mostafa “unstable” and the Egyptian police said he was an ex-con artist.
All passengers were freed unharmed.