EgyptAir plane hijacked, forced to land at Larnaca airport

An EgyptAir airliner has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus, the BBC reports.

Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo, was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt.

EgyptAir said negotiations had resulted in the release of all those on board apart from the crew and four passengers.

No demands have been made by those in control of the plane.

Larnaca airport has been closed and scheduled flights diverted elsewhere.

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