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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 29 March 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Operator:EgyptAir
Registration: SU-GCB
C/n / msn: 2079
First flight: 2003-07-08 (12 years 9 months)
Engines: 2 IAE V2527-A5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 57
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Airplane damage: None
Location:Larnaca Airport (LCA) (   Cyprus)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Alexandria-Borg El Arab Airport (HBE/HEBA), Egypt
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Flightnumber:MS181
Narrative:
EgyptAir flight 181, a domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo, was hijacked by a male passenger. The aircraft, an Airbus A320, departed Alexandria-Borg El Arab Airport (HBE) about 06:30 (04:30 UTC). The aircraft was descending towards Cairo International Airport when it was hijacked. The aircraft turned to the left and headed north. An uneventful landing was carried out on runway 04 at Larnaca Airport, Cyprus, at 07:45 hours (05:45 UTC). After landing the aircraft taxied to Apron 2, where it parked at the engine run area.
The hijacker, claiming to have an explosive belt, released all occupants except for the pilot, co-pilot, three cabin crew members and three passengers.
The hijacked was arrested about 14:45 hours local time (11:45 UTC).

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» EgyptAir


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Distance from Alexandria-Borg El Arab Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 185 km (116 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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