EgyptAir hijacked plane Landed at Larnaca Airport,Cyprus.

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An Egyptian passenger plane has landed in Cyprus after being hijacked  by a man wearing a suicide belt.

EgyptAir Flight 181 was on a scheduled journey from Alexandria to Cairo when it veered off course on Tuesday morning.

Androulla Vassiliou, the Cypriot former European Commissioner for Education, wrote on Twitter that the plane landed at 8.50am local time (6.50am BST).

“Hijacked aircraft of Egypt Air with 82 passengers landed at Larnaca airport,” she wrote. “We are anxious to learn more.”

The number of people on board was later revised to 81 in a statement from EgyptAir.

Satellite data recorded by the Flight Aware website showed the Airbus A320 took off from Borg El Arab Airport as scheduled but lists its status as “result unknown”.

The situation at the Larnaca airport was unclear but Ms Vassilou said hijackers claimed to be prepared to release some passengers.