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Hijacked Egyptian Passenger Plane Lands in Cyprus

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
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A hijacked passenger plane from Egypt with approximately 80 people on board has landed at Larnaka International Airport on the island of Cyprus, police told Cyprus state broadcaster RIK on Tuesday.

The captain of the Egyptian plane told Egyptian air traffic control that his aircraft had been hijacked, officials in the country’s Civil Aviation Ministry said.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the press, say that the captain contacted air traffic control and indicated that hijackers had demanded he divert the scheduled Alexandria-Cairo flight to Cyprus.

The Airbus 320 aircraft departed on Tuesday morning. After take-off, an individual on board announced he was wearing a belt with explosives, Dubai-based AL Arabiya reported.

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