There is probably no single person in this world who hasn’t at least once, felt the pangs of heartbreak and failed love. But we learn to let go, recover, and move on, right? Well, for some, perhaps, its slightly more difficult.

man hijacks plane for ex-wife

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In a bizarre turn of events, a love-struck man hijacked a plane belonging to EgyptAir on Tuesday, 29th March, and diverted it to Cyprus, demanding to speak to his alleged ex-wife! According to The Guardian, the hijacker, who has since been identified as Seif El-Din Mustafa, asked for asylum on the Mediterranean island, and demanded to see his estranged, Cypriot wife, to whom he was once married, allegedly!

man hijacks plane for ex-wife

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The woman has since been taken to the airport to help in the negotiations, and she has apparently been handed the letter, written in Arabic, that the hijacker had thrown out of the airplane’s window, demanding it be delivered to her.

Egyptian civil aviation had said that the hijacker had threatened to detonate an explosives belt on the flight which was diverted to Cyprus’s southern coastal city of Larnaca, however, Aviation Ministry spokesman Ehab Raslan said he doesn’t think that the hijacker actually has explosives.

man hijacks plane for ex-wife

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Ruling out terrorism, Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades confirmed instead that it had been instigated a man bent on reuniting with his former wife. EgyptAir had declared on Twitter that negotiations with the hijacker had led to the release of all the passengers, except for the crew and four foreigners, who were also released later, and the hijacker taken into custody.

man hijacks plane for ex-wife

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The 6-hour hostage situation in Cyprus is over, but it certainly raises many more questions about how a man who had a convincing replica of a suicide belt, if not a real one, was able to get onboard the plane and use it to undermine security. A press conference is scheduled to take place soon in the Larnaca airport, where officials will start getting to the bottom of the entire incident, and how it was even possible!

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