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Egypt Air Plane Flying From Alexandria To Cairo Is Hijacked

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An Egypt Air plane has been hijacked, the airline has confirmed, and has landed in Cyprus.

It had been travelling from Alexandria to Cairo.

State radio says the EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo has landed in Cyprus.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation reported that 55 passengers were on board, with a crew of seven. There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people on board.

At least one man was thought to be armed. The hijacking occurred in Cyprus’s flight information region and the airliner was diverted to Larnaca.

A Cyprus official has told the Associated Press that a bomb is suspected on board the hijacked Egypt plane, which has landed at Larnaka airport.

Egypt Air has confirmed Flights MS181 has been hijacked .

Cypriot officials say the EgyptAir plane hijackers are allowing women and children to leave the aircraft.

In a statement on Twitter, EgyptAir said there was a threat from a passenger with an explosive belt.

After earlier reports of fewer people on board, it has since been confirmed the Airbus is carrying 81 passengers and seven crew members.

A spokesman for Cyprus Police said: “There is a hijack in an EgyptAir plane. The aeroplane landed at 8.50 this morning at the international airport at Larnaca. That is all we have for the time being.”

He also said he had “no idea” whether there were any British people on board.

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