Cyprus: Pilot makes daring escape through window of hijacked EgyptAir plane

A man believed to be one of the pilots of the hijacked EgyptAir passenger plane made a daring escape from the aircraft, climbing out one of the cockpit windows, as three more hostages were being released by the hijacker at Cyprus' Larnaca airport, Tuesday.
The EgyptAir Airbus A320 passenger plane was hijacked during a domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo and forced to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus earlier on Tuesday. Conflicting reports state that there were between 55 and 81 passengers along with seven crew members on board Flight MS181 when it was hijacked by a man, who claimed to be wearing an explosive belt. The latest reports have shed doubt on the claims of explosives or a suicide belt on board the plane.
After landing in Cyprus, the hijacker released most of the passengers, keeping several passengers and crew members on board the plane. Authorities have identified the man as Seif Eldin Mustafa.
Police are currently negotiating with the hijacker, who has demanded a translator and political asylum in Cyprus, where reports suggest the man has a ex-wife and child. The man's ex-wife is believed to be making her way to the airport to assist authorities in their negotiations.
Larnaca airport has been closed and all flights have been diverted while the negotiations continue.

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