Earlier in the day, a man, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, hijacked an Airbus A320 with 81 people on board en route from Egypt’s Alexandria to Cairo. The plane subsequently landed in Cyprus' Larnaca airport.
"Fifteen minutes after taking off from the Burg al-Arab airport the airline staff began checking our papers. We were surprised, because it was a domestic flight, in such cases passports are never checked even at the airport," Ibrahim Samaha, who has been initially misidentified as the hijacker, told the Akhbar El Yom newspaper.
"When people started asking questions, the crew informed us that the aircraft had been hijacked and was being redirected to Larnaca," the passenger said.
None of the passengers or crew members sustained injuries during the incident, according to Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation. The hijacker has been detained.