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First on EWN: Two SA-based priests were on board hijacked #EgyptAir plane

Archbishop Damaskinos & Bishop Nicodimus Boulaksis were released with other passengers.

An EgyptAir Airbus A-320 sits on the tarmac of Larnaca airport after it was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on 29 March 2016. Picture: AFP.
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JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has confirmed that two South African-based priests were on board the Egypt Air plane that was hijacked this morning.

The plane, with dozens of passengers on board, was forced to land at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus. 

 


Several people have been released including Archbishop Damaskinos of Johannesburg and Pretoria and Bishop Nicodimus Boulaksis.

Eyewitness News has confirmed that the two Greek Orthodox priests were in Egypt where Boulaksis was ordained as a bishop on Sunday.

They were on the EgyptAir flight that left Alexandria this morning and was later forced to land in Cyprus.

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 they’re were let free and are safe.”

It's understood that four foreign passengers and seven cabin crew are still on board the plane.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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