Published On : Tue, Mar 29th, 2016

EgyptAir confirms plane hijack, bomb suspected to be on board

The plane was carrying 55 passengers, seven crew, an Egyptian airport official said. There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people on board.

An EgyptAir domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and diverted it to Cyprus, where it landed at Larnaca airport on the south coast, Cypriot police said.

The plane was carrying 55 passengers, seven crew, an Egyptian airport official said. There were earlier reports of about 80 to 81 people on board.

The hijackers contacted the control tower at 8:30 am (0530 GMT) and the plane was given permission to land at 8:50 am, reported AFP.

According to AP, bomb is suspected on board. The hijackers made no immediate demands and a crisis team has been deployed to the airport.