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An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane and forced it to divert to Cyprus demanding to see his ex-wife surrendered Tuesday after a six-hour airport standoff ended peacefully.Most of the 55 passengers on the plane – originally travelling from Alexandria to Cairo – were quickly released after it had landed but some escaped only minutes before the hijacker surrendered, including one man who climbed out a cockpit window.The EgyptAir plane landed in Larnaca at 8:50 a.m., after the hijacker had contacted the control tower 20 minutes earlier to demand the diversion.Egyptian civil aviation officials said there were 21 foreigners among the passengers, and that the hijacker had demanded the plane land in either Turkey or Cyprus. Officials had said seven people, including three passengers, had remained on board until shortly before the man surrendered. Egypt's interior ministry released photographs it said were of the hijacker being searched by airport security before boarding the plane.In February 1978, an Egyptian commando unit stormed a hijacked Cyprus Airways DC-8 at Larnaca airport, where 15 passengers were being held hostage.
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