EgyptAir flight hijacked, personal motives, not terror, authorities say

An EgyptAir flight was hijacked Monday and landed in Cyprus, according to multiple news sources. Authorities say that they do not suspect terrorist activity, rather, the hijacker has personal motives.

The plane was en route to Cairo. Authorities tell sources the hijacker, named as Seif Eldin Mustafa, has asked to see his former wife. The Cyprus Civil Aviation Ministry said that the pilot of the EgyptAir plane, Omar Al-Gammal, told the authorities he was threatened by a passenger with a suicide belt. That information turned out not to be true.

Reports say that seven passengers remain on the plane with Mustafa.