Airplane hijacked and landed in Cyprus
A Hijacked plane from Egypt was landed in Cyprus, the country's aviation authority has said.
EgyptAir plane hostage situation at Larnaca airport in Cyprus has ended after the hijacker was arrested -Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ibrahim Samaha is a University lecturer.
Hijacker keeping Irish man on board, along with three Britons and an Italian.
Hijacker's ex-wife being brought to airport.
Officials spotted boarding plane
Cyprian media shows picture of Ibrahim Samaha.
Hijacker Ibrahim, as shown by local media in Larnaca, Cyprus pic.twitter.com/lxi28rhIyC— Khalid Khan™ (@khalidkhan787) March 29, 2016
Footage shows the release of hostages
An Irish person is among the passengers on a hijacked plane from Egypt which has landed in Cyprus, according to reports. It is not clear as to whether the Irish person is one of the four passengers still on board.
Hijacker identified as Ibrahim Samaha.
Negotiations with the kidnapped result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
All passengers have been released except 4 foreigners and cabin crew
A spokesman for Cyprus Police said: "There is a hijack in an EgyptAir plane. The aeroplane landed at 8.50 (local time) this morning at the international airport at Larnaca.
"That is all we have for the time being."
Reports indicate that women and children have been released, but the cabin crew remain aboard the aircraft.
Civil Aviation Ministry says pilot was threatened by a passenger wearing a suicide belt.
The plane was travelling from Alexandria to Cairo.
80 people are understood to be on board the plane, which has landed in Larnaca airport.
Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. we'll publish an official statement now. #Egyptair— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
Hijacked aircraft of Egypt Air with 82 passengers landed at Larnaca airport......we are anxious to learn more.— Androulla Vassiliou (@VassiliouEU) March 29, 2016
Hijackers asked all police forces to leave the area in order to release women and children passengers.....— Androulla Vassiliou (@VassiliouEU) March 29, 2016
It is reported one man is armed on board - there are also reports that a bomb is on the plane.
The aircraft involved is an EgyptAir Airbus A320.
Satellite data shows that the Airbus A320 took off from Borg El Arab Airport in Egypt as scheduled.
The plane made an emergency landing at 6.45am GMT.
The hijacker has yet to make any demands.
More to follow.