All passengers freed from hijacked plane that landed in Malta

All passengers freed from hijacked plane that landed in Malta

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All the passengers of the hijacked Libyan plane Friday released. This confirms the Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat. Also, the biggest part of the crew is allowed to leave the plane.

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Some of the crew members and probably two of the hijackers are still on board.

The aircraft of Afriqiyah Airway was over Libya hijacked and had to flee to Malta. It is going to be an Airbus A320 of Afriqiyah Airways with 118 people on board. Muscat says that, in total, 82 men, 28 women and one child were on board.

After the landing have Maltese security forces of the plane surrounded.

It was a domestic flight that the hijackers had to flee to Malta. The plane would of Sabha in southwestern Libya to the capital Tripoli fly. The island of Malta, located some 500 kilometres from the Libyan coast.

Threatened to expose the device to blow up if the demands were not met. What this content is and whether or not assent is not clear.

Certainly one gijzelnemer would, according to The Times of Malta a hand grenade at them. All flights from and to Malta for an indefinite period of time suspended.

The president of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro, calls on the inhabitants to stay calm.


The hijackers would supporters of the former Libyan leader Muammar Kaddafi. There is currently in Libya, a fierce power struggle going on.

The former dictator Kaddafi was in 2011 during a popular uprising killed.

Last hijacking

The last time over Malta aircraft was hijacked, it was in november 1985. Then it was a Boeing 737 (EgyptAir forced to land on the island.

The hijacking lasted a day and ended up in a massacre. Egyptian commandos stormed the unit; in the shooting that followed were 62 people to life. Only one of the three hijackers survived the assault.

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