#EgyptAir hijacker arrested
The plane, with more than 60 passengers on board, was forced to land at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus.
JOHANNESBURG The Egypt Air plane hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, has been arrested.
The plane, with more than 60 passengers on board, was forced to land at Larnaca A irport in Cyprus this morning.
Its understood some passengers were held hostage by Mustafa who was reportedly demanding the release of female prisoners from Egypt.
All the hostages on board the hijacked Egypt Air flight have been rescued.
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CNNs Ian Lee said, This is something they wanted to do: end this peacefully. We do not know the state of the other passengers who were on that plane. But the main goal of it was to take this person alive and make sure no one got hurt.
Cairos government has confirmed the man is Egyptian and says he had asked to meet European Union officials or to fly on to another airport.
No explosives were found on him but hes believed to be unstable.
Hell now be questioned to ascertain the true motives behind the hijacking.
Aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said, Whats more important is what happens now because they have to go back to Egypt and evaluate if there were any security lapses. Apparently did not have any explosives on him so it is possible that there werent security lapses.
Earlier, local television showed footage offive peopleleaving theAirbus 320.
In the footage, one man can be seen climbing out of the cockpit while three more people, dressed in uniforms run down the planes steps.
Eyewitness News this morning confirmed that two South African-based priests were on board the EgyptAir plane.
EWN confirmed that the two Greek Orthodox priests were inEgypt where Bishop Nicodimus Boulaksis was ordained as a bishop on Sunday.
Father Gerassimos Venturas from the Orthodox Church in Johannesburg says they were on their way to Cairo to catch a connecting flight back home.
At about 9:15am I received a phone call that theyre were let free and are safe. They are okay. It wasnt a pleasant experience but we would like to say a great thanks to God that they are alive and safe.
They are expected back in South Africa as soon as tomorrow.