9:30AM IL: An EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo was reportedly hijacked by a terrorist on board with an explosive device.
AP tweets that the flight has landed at Larnaca International Airport, which is located four kilometers southwest of Larnaca, Cyprus.
9:40: The Daily Mail Online reports there are 82 passengers on the flight. Unconfirmed reports state there is a very sizable explosive device on board.
9:43: Israel Channel 2 News adds the air force has scrambled jets to make sure there has not been any incursion into Israeli airspace. Channel 2 adds the domestic Egyptian flight, flight number MS181, is carrying 55 passengers and 7 crew members.
9:51: Channel 2 News; The plane has been isolated in the Cyprus airport and the operating premise is the hijacker has a bomb. Israeli intelligence and security agencies continue monitoring the incident which at present, does not involve Israel in any way.
10:05: Israel News reports women and children are being permitted to leave the hijacked plane.
10:08: Israel Channel 10 News correspondent Sami Abed Alhamed reports the hijacker is a Libyan national and authorities have ruled out that he has a bomb on board.
10:37: Due to the hijacking, an El Al flight from Athens to Greece is delaying its takeoff, Channel 10 News reports.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)