Official: Hijacking Thwarted on Flight to Cairo

By: Maamoun Youssef AP Email
By: Maamoun Youssef AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - A security official for Egypt Air says security guards thwarted an attempted hijacking by overpowering a man who threatened crew with a knife on a flight from Istanbul to Cairo.

The official says a Sudanese man used a knife from the in-flight meal to threaten crew and demand that the flight be diverted to Jerusalem. He says guards on the flight were able to detain the man and no one was hurt.

The flight is due to land at Cairo airport within minutes. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not an official spokesman.

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