EgyptAir flight 181: Hijacker arrested and all hostages freed from plane to end Cyprus airport siege - latest updates

Airbus A320 carrying 55 passengers was hijacked by a man claiming to have a suicide belt

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EgyptAir Flight 181 was was on a scheduled journey from Alexandria when it veered off course on Tuesday morning.

Androulla Vassiliou, the Cypriot former European Commissioner for Education, wrote on Twitter that the plane landed shortly before 7am.

Satellite data recorded by the Flight Aware website showed the Airbus A320 took off from Borg El Arab Airport as scheduled.

EgyptAir confirmed its plane, numbered MS181, had been “officially hijacked”.