Hijacker Forces EgyptAir Plane to Land in Cyprus
A hijacker claiming to be wearing an explosive belt forced a domestic EgyptAir flight to land in Cyprus, and then released most of the more than 50 people on board. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said the takeover of the aircraft was not linked to terrorism. Cyprus’s Rik TV said the hijacker had an ex-wife in Cyprus and had requested a letter be delivered to her. Cypriot authorities said his former spouse was being escorted to the airport. It wasn’t clear whether the hijacker, identified as an Egyptian national, was armed as he claimed.