WATCH: Moment EgyptAir hijacker slips past airport security with fake suicide belt

Май 21, 2016     Автор: Юлия Клюева
WATCH: Moment EgyptAir hijacker slips past airport security with fake suicide belt



This event was happened a month before the crash of the plane EgyptAir.

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Shocking CCTV footage shows the hijacker passing through a metal detector and getting searched in Burg El Arab airport in Egypt. 

Dramatic footage of a hostage escaping from the stricken EgyptAir plane's cockpit window has also emerged. 

The EgyptAir flight MS181, carrying at least 55 passengers, was forced to make an emergency landing in Larnarca airport, Cyprus.


The Airbus 320 was en route from Burj El Arab airport in Alexandria to Cairo when the hijacker from Egypt struck at 8.30 local time (6.30 UK time).

Pilot Omar al-Gammal had informed authorities he was threatened by a passenger who claimed he was wearing a suicide belt and forced him to land in Larnaca, a statement from the ministry said.

The hijacker, who threatened to detonate his suicide belt, let most of the passengers go soon after landing, with just seven left including crew and three passengers held hostage.

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Authorities have since declared the siege is over and have arrested the “unstable” hijacker.

Egypt Civil Aviation Ministry has revealed Cypriot authorities have determined that the hijacker's suicide belt was fake and did not contain explosives.

Dramatic live footage from the airport shows a man, thought to be airport crew, escaping from the cockpit window, jumping at least 20ft and then running away.

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But after four hours the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the hostage situation had ended after the hijacker was detained.

He reportedely emerged from the aircraft with his arms aloft. 


The remaining seven hostages were pictured leaving the plane in two seperate groups — the second running. All are reported to be safe and unharmed. 

In a tweet, the ministry said: "Its over. The #hijacker arrested. #LarnacaAirport # Egyptair."

The hijacker has been named as Seif Eldin Mustafa by the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Cyprus.

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The reasons for hijacking the plane is shrouded in mystery but apparently the hijacker made politicial demands including the release of some unspecified female prisoners in Egypt, according to reports.

The Egyptian Prime Minister revealed he had asked to speak to EU officials.


Speaking after the crisis ended, Sherif Ismail said the hijacker was an Egyptian national but that his motives remained unclear.

He said: "At some moments he asked to meet with a representative of the European Union and at other points he asked to go to another airport but there was nothing specific."
The hijacker has been blasted as an "idiot" by the Foreign Ministry.

They said: "He is not a terrorist, but an idiot. Terrorists are crazy, but they are not stupid."

A shocking image of a man wearing a suicide belt has been circulating on social media — but remains unverified.

The pilot has been hailed a hero after reports suggested the hijacker had asked him and his assistant to leave the aircraft.

But they both refused — demanding to stay with the other hostages.

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The airport has been closed and scheduled flights are being diverted elsewhere.

EgyptAir said negotiations had meant the majority of passengers were released, but seven people -including three passengers, the captain, co-pilot, an air hostess and a security official remained onboard until the end.

The civil aviation minister declined to reveal the nationalities of the passengers remaining on the hijacked plane.

Egyptian media earlier reported the hijacker to be university professor Ibrahim Samaha, aged in his forties, who made political demands, while asking for a translator.

He was believed to be a professor of veterinary medicine at Alexandria University in Egypt.

However Samaha spoke out to say he was in fact a passenger and has now been freed.

Local media reports also suggested the hijacker was making demands about his estranged wife.

Cypriot media said he threw a letter, written in Arabic, on to the tarmac of the airport after demanding it be sent to his ex-wife who lives in Lanarca.

She had reportedly arrived at the airport to negotiate with him.

The woman lives in the village of Oroklini, close to the airport.

Amid reports it is a "domestic dispute", Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades confirmed the Egypt plane hijacking was not related to "terrorism."

He added: "We are doing our utmost in order for everyone to be released and safe and to give an end to this unprecedented incident.

"In any case it is not something which has to do with terrorism."

However Dr Sajjan Gohel, security and counter-terrorism analyst at the Asia-Pacific Foundation, warned terror groups could be watching to see how the situation is handled.

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The director of the Alexandria Airport, Hossni Hassan, said at the time of the hijacking there were 26 foreigners on board, including eight Americans, four Britons, four Dutch, two Belgians, a French national, an Italian, two Greeks and one Syrian.

The other foreigners were not identified.

Conflicting reports also suggested the hijacker ordered the pilot to fly to Istanbul in Turkey, but the plane landed in Lanarca instead because there wasn't sufficent fuel.

Israel scrambled warplanes in its airspace as a precaution in response to the hijacking, an Israeli military source said.

Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zeno said: "The information we have so far is that it is one hijacker."

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The hijacker demanded police vehicles move away from the aircraft.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not yet confirmed whether any of the Britons on board were the ones being held captive.

A spokesperson said: "We are in contact with the Cypriot and Egyptian authorities after a hijacked plane landed in Cyprus."

Emergency services and a crisis team were on standby at the airport.

The hijacker allowed women and children of Egyptian origin to disembark the plane.

EgyptAir tweeted to confirm reports, saying: "Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. we'll publish an official statement now. #Egyptair"

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The air company's website was also down.

An EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York was also grounded due to security concerns.

Egypt's airport security has been under the spotlight for many months after a Russian Airbus crashed in the Sinai desert, killing all 224 passengers and crew, after it was brought down by a bomb onboard.

The country's vital tourism industry was already reeling after the evil Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the crash last October.




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