An Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus by a man apparently distressed over a family matter.
After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport on Tuesday morning, the hijacker released all the people onboard except four foreign passengers and the crew following negotiations, EgyptAir said.
The Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said that 61 people on board highjacked Egyptair passenger plane. The passengers included ten U.S. citizens and eight British and one Syrian.
The pilot reported that the man was strapped with explosives, although this was not confirmed.
Citing security sources, Cypriot state media said that the motives of the hijacker appeared personal and he had asked to contact his ex-wife, who lives in Cyprus.
Update: The suspected hijacker surrendered to authorities at Larnaca airport. The hijacker emerged from the aircraft with his hands in the air, state TV said. "Its over," Cyprus's foreign ministry said in a tweet.