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The Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 181

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On 29 March, EgyptAir flight 181, operating from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and directed to fly to Larnaca, Cyprus. The flight was operated by SU-GCB, an Airbus A320 delivered in 2003. The flight departed Alexandria at 04:36 UTC, but did not enter the Flightradar24 coverage area until 05:05 UTC—after it had been hijacked and directed to Larnaca.

EgyptAir flight 181 hijacked and ordered flown to Larnaca, Cyprus
EgyptAir flight 181 hijacked and ordered flown to Larnaca, Cyprus

Flight 181 landed in Larnaca at 05:46 UTC and taxied to a remote parking area away from the airport’s terminal area.

After landing the aircraft parked in a remote area away from the terminal.
After landing the aircraft parked in a remote area away from the terminal.

EgyptAir confirmed that the flight had been hijacked via twitter.

 

The airline continued to issue updates on the situation while it unfolded.


An official Egyptian delegation, including Egypt’s minister of civil aviation, arrived in Larnaca at 15:44 UTC aboard an EgyptAir Airbus A330 to retrieve passengers from flight 181 and bring them to Cairo. The return flight to Cairo departed Larnaca at 18:15 UTC.

Passengers from MS181 are flown from Larnaca to Cairo.
Passengers from MS181 are flown from Larnaca to Cairo aboard MS742

SU-GCB, the aircraft involved in the hijacking, departed Larnaca for Cairo at 19:05 UTC.

Flightradar24 Flight Data

Included below are the CSV and KML files for flight MS181.

MS181 CSV File

MS181 KLM File (zipped)

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