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EgyptAir Jet Hijacked, Diverted To Cyprus - Update

Women and children on board a hijacked EgyptAir plane, that was diverted to Larnaca airport in Cyprus, are being allowed to get off, report media houses.

Nearly 80 people were onboard, including crew.

Earlier, a hijacker threatened to set off an explosives belt, Egypt civil aviation sources said.

EgyptAir confirmed the news of hijacking on Twitter, "Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked. we'll publish an official statement now."

Anonymous hijackers hijacked the EgyptAir airliner on Tuesday and diverted it to Cyprus, where it made a landing at Larnaca airport on the south coast.

The hijackers made contact with the control tower at 8:30 am (0530 GMT) and the plane was permitted to land at 8:50 am, the police said.

The Egypt Air plane was travelling from the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo when it was hijacked.