An EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to divert to Cyprus, in an incident that was “not related to terrorism”, the president of Cyprus said.
The pilot of the plane was threatened by a passenger strapped with explosives, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said.
Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. we'll publish an official statement now. #Egyptair
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
Hijacker is identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, an Egyptian national who checked in from Alexandria airport.
A selfie with Egypt Air hijacker also went viral.
Aberdeen-based oil and gas worker Ben Innes' selfie with the EgyptAir hijacker goes viral… pic.twitter.com/qf16gAdfHw
— Radio Forth News (@RadioForthNews) March 30, 2016
Cyprus state TV said that the hijacker wanted to contact his ex-wife, who lives in Larnaca.
“He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot” Egyptian Foreign Ministry
Witnesses told Cyprus Mail newspaper that the he threw a letter on the apron of the airport in Larnaca, written in Arabic, asking that it be delivered to his ex-wife, who is Cypriot.
“I wish I was with them”, was an Arabic hashtag trending on Twitter, was quickly picked up and became a top trending topic in the country. Mustafa is in custody, accused of hijacking the flight.
Look at how this Hijack-for-love drama brings humor, miseries to social media:
In a movie when you hijack a plane because you wanted to see your girlfriend and nobody gets hurt? you're a free man. Not today. #Egyptair
— Briaan. (@briaani) March 29, 2016
I confronted a married man, I asked him to explain #EgyptAir incident. He said "nothing to do with me". A mealy mouthed reply.
— Agne Poniskaityte (@MissAgneP) March 29, 2016
— Jack Sommers (@jack_sommers) March 29, 2016
For a change a hijacking took place for love instead of hate (Terrorism) Don't punish the hijacker. Just charge him for the fuel.#EgyptAir
— Parag Rudani (@ParagRudani) March 29, 2016
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 29, 2016
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) March 30, 2016