Farrah El Dibany thought something was odd. Her Tuesday EgyptAir flight was taking too long to get from Alexandria to Cairo, the plane was taken off over the Mediterranean Sea. Later, Crew members taken all passengers passports.
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“When you fly to Cairo, you don’t cross the sea,” she said. “Than one of the cabin crew told us, ‘We are hijacked. We’re being hijacked.’ There was alot of panic and crying on the plane. They didn’t tell us anything more. They didn’t say what he wants or where we’re heading, nothing. We were just kidnapped.”
El Dibany’s flight had been arrested by a man who officials depicted as “unstable/abnormal” after he held the travelers and team prisoner with a fake explosive belt, constraining the plane to redirect to Cyprus – clearly over issues including his ex, a Cypriot. He additionally has a criminal record,
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It was extremely shocking to be in this circumstance,” El Dibany said. The episode finished generally gently Tuesday when the plane’s team and passengers left the aircraft and authorities took the hijacker into the custody.
“The hijacker has been captured,” Cyprus government representative Nikos Christodoulides said on Twitter, including a couple of minutes after the fact, “All passengers and team are safe.” Cyprus state TV showed video of the criminal, wearing a white shirt, being driven away by a phalanx of police. Presidential representative Alaa Yousuf distinguished the Egyptian man as Seif El Din Mustafa.
An early report that the robber was armed with explosives was false, said Alexandros Zinon, perpetual secretary for the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs.