NL minister says he’s safe after Cyprus hijacking

Published on March 29, 2016
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

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.

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.