Seif Eldin Mustafa, who forced the EgyptAir plane to land in Cyprus on Tuesday was arrested after he was found wearing a suicide belt. The Egyptian hijacker gave all the passengers the fright of their lives for hours.
He forced EgyptAir Airbus A320 to land at Larnaca airport on the southern coast of Cyprus. It was bound from Alexandria to Cairo with 55 passengers on board.
Nicos Anastasiades, the president of Cyprus, cleared that he was not a terrorist. He seemed to be a lovestruck man who was addled by the misfortunes in his life.
“He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren’t stupid. This guy is.” said Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
Foxnews reports that the besotted man demanded to meet his wife in Cyprus. They divorced in 1994 and he has four children with her.
The man made some incomprehensible demands; asking the negotiators to send an envelope to a woman living in Cyprus. Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said the letter’s contents were all out of the mind. At one point, he also demanded releasing women locked up in Egyptian prisons. Although, he dropped it later.
“His demands made no sense or were too incoherent to be taken seriously,” said Kasoulides.
The flight had 26 foreign passengers onboard, including two Belgians, two Greeks, eight Americans, four Britons, a French national, an Italian and a Syrian, according to BBC.
Farah el-Dabani, an Egyptian, was also onboard. She said that Mustafa was sitting at the back of the plane. Then while in flight, one of the crew informed them about being hijacked.
“There was panic at the beginning, but the crew told us to be quiet. They did a good job to keep us all quiet so the hijacker does not do anything rash,” said el-Dabani.
Mustafa had kept some crew members for long hours. But in the end, the hijacker was taken into custody by anti-terrorism force. A police official said there were no explosives in his belt.