Hijacker used fake explosives on Egyptair flight

MS181 was diverted to Cyprus after Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked the flight wearing fake explosive belt

The hijacker of yesterday’s Egyptair flight MS181 used a fake suicide belt to take control of the aircraft, forcing it to divert to Cyprus.

For more than six hours Seif Eldin Mustafa held control of the aircraft on Larnaca International Airport and held three foreign passengers, the pilot, co-pilot and two crew members hostage till the very end.

The flight, which had been heading from Borg El-Arab Airport, Alexandria, to Cairo Airport, was diverted to Larnaca in Cyprus as it was highjacked.

Cypriot officials have said that the Egyptian national was "psychologically unstable", however the reason behind the hijacking is still uncertain.

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