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Man Hijacks EgyptAir Flight | Diverts it to Cyprus to See His Ex-Wife



An EgyptAir Airbus A-320 sits on the tarmac of Larnaca airport after it was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on March 29, 2016.  / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An EgyptAir Airbus A-320 sits on the tarmac of Larnaca airport after it was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on March 29, 2016. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A hijacker seized an EgyptAir plane, Airbus A320, on Tuesday, and diverted it to Larnaca airport in the Mediterranean Resort Island of Cyprus. The plane was headed to Alexandria from Cairo.

EgyptAir has released the following statement on it’s Facebook Page:

An EGYPTAIR official declared that its flight number MS181 heading from HBE Airport (Borg El- Arab Airport in Alexandria) to Cairo Airport was already diverted to Larnaca airport in Cyprus as the aircraft was hijacked. The aircraft is an Airbus A320 with 56 pax onboard in addition to 7 crew members and one EGYPTAIR security member. The aircraft landed safely at Larnaca.

EGYPTAIR confirms that it is following up with the concerned authorities in Cyprus through EGYPTAIR IOCC and negotiations are undergoing with the hijacker.

EGYPTAIR will update you with any news within one hour.

Cyprus police reports that the hijacker contacted the control tower at 8:30 am (05:30 GMT) and the plane was given permission to land at 8:50 am.

After negotiations, the hijacker then allowed the passengers to get off the plane, leaving only the crew and four foreigners on the plane.

The plane diverted to Cyprus after the captain, Omar Jamal, was alerted to the presence of a passenger who was wearing an explosive belt.

The identity of the hijacker is yet to be verified, but according to CNN, an Egyptian presidential spokesman said the correct name of the EgyptAir Flight 181 hijacker is Seif El Din Mustafa, an Egyptian national.

DailyMail also reports that the hijacker brought the plane to Cyprus to see and deliver a letter to his ex-wife.

Photo Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images


  1. Ch

    March 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

    And the world gets more messed up…wonders shall never cease

  2. Taiwo

    March 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Waiting for the ladies to tap into this kind of relationship

  3. Anon

    March 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    A total numpty.

  4. Omaa

    March 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The guy is probably sick

  5. Ima

    March 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This man took the phrase ” things we do for love” to the next level. This one that he is wearing explosive belt, the authorities must check the content of that letter in case it contains some terror related info

  6. Mamacita

    March 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    What happened to DHL, Fedex and co?

  7. Ada

    March 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    All this for an ex-wife? He should be flogged 1,000 lashes for causing panic across the globe.

  8. namegetmahand

    March 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Catching a bomb or collecting a bullet are no longer globally accepted proof of love.You need to hijack a plane to show LOVE. smh ‪#‎EgyptAir‬

  9. Moyo

    March 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    This man is really crazy, why didn’t he just send his ex-wife an e mail or post the letter, why hijack a plane and put the passengers lives in danger. How did the man get through the airport security checks with an explosive, belt.

  10. Grace

    March 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    This is mad….SMH

  11. 'Deola

    March 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    me against the world. what won’t sick men do for love.

  12. Kiki

    March 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Bella Naija, lazy reporting Seif Eldin Mustafa’s name was in the news at early as 9.30am UK time today smh

  13. Kiki

    March 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Oops ? Just read again and saw the name

  14. Olofofo

    March 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    BN, Please post the story of the 31 years old bridesmaid on dailymail who killed herself because all her friends had gotten married and was tired of waiting for someone to marry her at that age, so Nigerian ladies can come to know its not only them that gets depressed over the marriage bug, but suicide should never be the answer. Thanks in advance for posting.

  15. Ese

    March 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    He wasn’t wearing an explosive belt.. But I don’t get though, you cant hijack a plane and expect to go scot I’m sure the letter didnt get to the woman at the end of the day soo..

  16. Blessed

    March 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm


  17. Mummybubu

    March 29, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Really romantic. I tap into this. *clears throat and runs away*

  18. Anony

    March 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    That is badoo love…

    But i’ll believe the belt does not contain any explosive at the end of the day. He just wanna break world record in an odd way.

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