EgyptAir confirms hijack of А-320 aircraft (UPDATE 3)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29
10:49 (GMT+4) EgyptAir has confirmed the hijack of MS181 flight and will make an official statement soon, RIA Novosti reported.
The Foreign Ministry of Cyprus has also confirmed the hijack of А-320 aircraft.
"I can confirm that it was hijacked. We can't officially provide further details," the ministry's spokesperson told Sputnik news agency.
10:37 (GMT+4) An unidentified man, who hijacked the EgyptAir aircraft flying from Alexandria to Cairo, threatened the captain and the passengers that he would blow up the suicide belt, if his demand is not fulfilled, RIA Novosti reported citing Al Balad news portal.
Reportedly, the aircraft captain managed to inform the dispatchers in Cairo that the plane has been hijacked and will fly to Cyprus.
10:28 (GMT+4) A-320 passenger aircraft, hijacked by unknown people, has landed at Larnaca airport in Cyprus, Reuters reported citing local media outlets.
The plane with 81 passengers aboard was travelling from Alexandria to Cairo.
10:23 (GMT+4) A plane of EgyptAir company has been hijacked by unknown people, TASS news agency reported citing Bloomberg.