EgyptAir Flight MS181 Hijacked, Forced To Land in Cyprus

  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

A passenger jet from Egyptian airline Egyptair has been forced to land in Cyprus by at least one hijacker wearing a suicide belt. All passengers have been let of the plane by now, the crew is still on board. Reportedtly the hijacker has demanded a translator and political asylum but there are also reports he is looking to deliver a four page message to his Cypriot ex-wife. The hijacker was originally identified as 27-year old Egyptian man named 'Ibrahim Samaha' a professor of veterinary medicine, but this waslater denied. There are also reports the man holds U.S. citizenship, but this is unconfirmed.

Updated: Cyprus Foreign Ministry announced the hijacker has been arrested shortly after the remaining crew members managed to escape from the plane via a cockpit window.



  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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