NL minister says he’s safe after Cyprus hijacking

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Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Minister Christopher Mitchelmore took to Facebook to assure people that he’s safe, albeit delayed by a hijacking situation in Cyprus.

A man leaves the hijacked aircraft of Egyptair at Larnaca airport in Cyprus Tuesday, March 29, 2016. An Egyptian man hijacked an EgyptAir plane Tuesday and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus, where all passengers and crew were eventually freed and he himself was arrested, Egyptian and Cypriot officials said. Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Minister Christopher Mitchelmore, on holiday in Cyprus, took to Facebook Tuesday to assure people that he’s safe, albeit delayed by the situation. — Photo by The Associated Press

Mitchelmore was in Cyprus on holiday for the Easter long weekend, where a hijacked EgyptAir flight was sent today.

“I want to assure everyone I am safe, my flight this afternoon has been rescheduled for tomorrow,” Mitchelmore said. “I was not at the airport. A plane hijacking took place — This is a flight that came from Egypt and was not scheduled to land at Larnaca, but did via hijacking. The airport is evacuated and authorities continue to negotiate.”

The hijacker has since been arrested, according to multiple news reports citing the Cyprus foreign ministry.

Organizations: EgyptAir

Geographic location: Cyprus, Egypt

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  • Ted
    March 29, 2016 - 17:11

    Yeah, thanks for saving me a lot of tossing and turning tonight... Ha, ha

  • Vacation Already?
    March 29, 2016 - 14:59

    How long has the Legislature been open, 2 weeks? And already in need of a vacation?? For what???

  • EH
    March 29, 2016 - 14:50

    Nowhere near the incident, yet takes any opportunity to get his name in the paper. Well done Mitchelmore, a true asset to this province.

  • RDF
    March 29, 2016 - 13:15

    Whew! What a relief!

  • George M.
    March 29, 2016 - 12:59

    I was in the United States when 9-11 happened. I want everyone to know I was ok back then because I was no where near the event. If this passes for news.

    • Ryan
      March 30, 2016 - 01:34

      Do you have any appreciation for how small Cyprus is?

  • roy206
    March 29, 2016 - 12:48

    There are 1.2 million other people in Cyprus who are also safe ( they were never in danger to begin with) .....Jezus....anything for a vote.