The hijacker offered later to release women and children if police moved away from the aircraft. He threw a letter on the apron of the airport in Larnaca, written in Arabic, asking that it be delivered to his ex-wife, who is Cypriot.Egyptian. State TV identified the hijacker as Egyptian national Ibrahim Samaha, a 27-year-old. Flights to Larnaca in the south were diverted to the Paphos airport in the west. Negotiations with the kidnapped result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners. There are no explosives on the plane, according to Cypriot media. The incident put the security of Egypt’s airports back under scrutiny less than a year after a Russian passenger jet crashed after taking off from the country’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
The hijacker has just been arrested,”Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides tweeted. His name was corrected as Seif El Din Mustafa.Cypriot authorities said that they were dealing with an unstable person.All passengers and crew are safe.