Hijacking of Libyan aircraft is over after the hijackers have surrendered

Hijacking of Libyan aircraft is over after the hijackers have surrendered

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The hijacking of the Libyan plane is gone after the hijackers themselves Friday to surrender and are arrested. This confirms the Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat. All passengers and crew were brought to safety.

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The hijackers according to a Maltese minister let us know asylum. That has a Maltese minister to let us know. Or the country this effect is not clear. Threatened to expose the device to blow up if the demands were not met.

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.

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.

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

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, called 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.

Hijacked plane lands in Malta

A number of hostage-taking comes from the aircraft A picture taken on December 23, 2016 in Valletta, Malta, shows a group of hostages being of Afriqiyah Airways.

It was a domestic flight in Libya, the hijackers had to flee to Malta.

All passengers have since been released.

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