Libyan Plane 'Hijacked' and taken to Malta

December 23 2016
Libyan Plane 'Hijacked' and taken to Malta

An Afriqiyah Airways flight with 118 people onboard has been forced to land in Malta after two men reportedly threatens to blow up the plane using a hand grenade and keep the passengers hostage if their unknown demands are not met.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted: "Informed of potential hijack situation of a Libya internal flight diverted to Malta. Security and emergency operations standing by -JM".

The Malta International Airport said in a statement that there was an unlawful interference at the airport and that all emergency teams have been dispatched to the site.

Added in the statement, "All emergency teams have been dispatched to the site. Passengers are advised to follow www.maltairport.com for updates."

The Libyan passenger plane had been flying from Sebha in southwest Libya to Tripoli for state-owned Afriqiyah Airways. The Mediterranean island of Malta is located about 300 miles (500 km) north of the Libyan coast.

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