2016-03-29 EgyptAir Airbus A320 hijacked to Larnaca

2016-03-29 EgyptAir Airbus A320 hijacked to Larnaca

2016-03-29 EgyptAir Airbus A320 hijacked to Larnaca


On approach to Cairo, the flight was hijacked and then proceeded to Cyprus where it lands at Larnaca Airport. On board were 57 passengers and seven crewmembers.


EgyptAir flight MS181 took off at Alexandria-Port El Arab Airport (HEBA) at 0647L to fly to Cairo-Intl Airport (HECA). On descend, the aircraft made a sudden turn to the north indicating to ground statons the flight has been hijacked and the pilots requested direct vectors to Larnaca, Cyprus.

The A320 Landed there 38 minutes later, highly probable below its final fuel reserve.

According to airline statements, a 27year old lone, male passenger claiming to have a bomb belt with him, threatened to explode the belt if his demands were not fulfilled.

Currently the aircraft is parked in a remote corner of the Larnaca tarmac and negotiations are going on.

It is understood that most of the passengers have been released so far and taken to the terminal by bus.

There were unconfirmed reports the hijacked was a egyptian national. The president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades statet in a press conference the motives of the hijacker were described as personal.

Date: 2016-03-29 Time: ~07:30
Location: LCLK LCA Larnaca
Country: Cyprus
Flight phase: ENR3 – Descent IFR Descent from cruise to Initial Approach Fix (IAF) or VFR pattern entry.
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: MS 181
From: HEBA/HBE: Borg el Arab International To: HECA/CAI: Cairo
Type: Passenger
Operator: EgyptAir

Photo: Hiajcked Airbus A320 of EgyptAir at Larnaca


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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Airbus A320
Registration: SU-GCB
Age a/c: 12.7 years
Constr. No.: 2079

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  7 57 0 64
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 52nd safety occurence for the operator
    (5 of them hijack/security related)
  • 480th safety occurence of type (A320)
  • 5th safety occurence at Larnaca Intl Airport
    (2 of them hijack/security related)
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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