All the hostages that were in the hijacked domestic Egyptian domestic flight to Cyprus have been released while the hijacker has surrendered to the authorities.
A passenger who claimed that he was wearing a suicide bomb took over EgyptAir Flight MS181.
Airline officials said that Cypriot authorities had informed that the explosive belt was a fake.
The motives of the hijacker have not been known but Cypriot president has said that the incident is not related to terrorism.
No one got injured during the hijack according to a tweet by the spokesman for the Cypriot government.
When the morning tension came to an end, the hijacker walked down the aircraft steps raising his hands.
The man has been named as Seif Eldin Mustafa and some say that his intension was to speak to his estranged Cypriot wife while others say that he was calling for the release of female prisoners.
It is only some small comfort that the man who hijacked EgyptAir flight MS181 was bluffing. The bulging white “suicide belt” with wires sticking out turned out to be a fake.
What that implies is that this time round Egypt will escape criticism that it allowed an individual to walk past the security check at the airport as they did in October.
However, questions have been raised concerning aviation security in Egypt.
How was it that a passenger, described by the Cypriot authorities as “mentally unstable” was able to carry enough materials through Alexandria airport to resemble a bomb?
As Egypt’s tourism sector struggles to recover from the October incident, this is a blow to the efforts to encourage the tourists.