Libya confirms hijacking aircraft that has landed in Malta

Libya confirms hijacking aircraft that has landed in Malta

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The libyan authorities have confirmed that a Libyan passenger jet of Afriqiyah Airways was hijacked and landed on Malta. It is unclear whether or not the one or two hijackers.

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It is going to be an Airbus A320 of Afriqiyah Airways with 118 passengers. The Maltese Prime minister Joseph Muscat says that there are 82 men, 28 women and one child on board.

It would go to a domestic flight that of the hijacker or hijackers had to flee to Malta.

According to Maltese media, there is confusion about the number of hijackers. The threat is that the unit is inflated. if the requirements cannot be met. What this mean is still unclear.

A gijzelnemer would, according to The Times of Malta a hand grenade at them.

The Maltese Prime minister Joseph Muscat has on Twitter to let us know that he has been informed about the situation and that there is a veiligheidsoperatie going on. The president of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro, calls on the inhabitants to stay calm.

All flights from and to Malta for an indefinite period of time suspended.

Hijacked plane with more than a hundred passengers to land in Malta


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

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.

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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