Grinning Hostage Poses in a Photo With Hijacker Before Being Released

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
March 29, 2016 5:09 pm Last Updated: March 29, 2016 5:13 pm

While a hijacker was busy holding hostages, one of them managed to pose with him for a photo before being released.

According to the Daily Mail, a 26-year-old British man identified as Ben Innes took a picture with the hijacker, 58-year-old Seif Eldin Mustafa, on March 29.

Innes is an internal auditor for a global oil and gas service company, according to his Linkedin profile. He was on the MS181 flight towards Cairo when the hijacker forced the plane carrying 55 passengers and 7 crew members to land in Cyprus.

According to the Daily Mail, it is believed that Innes approached Mustafa while being held hostage and then sent the photo to his roommates and other friends.

I find it pretty mental but that’s just Ben I guess!
— Chris Tundogan, roommate

“I have no idea why he took the selfie but I imagine he probably volunteered to take it as he’s not afraid to shy away from anything,” Innes’s roommate Chris Tundogan told MailOnline.

“I find it pretty mental but that’s just Ben I guess!” He added.

Innes was one of the last three remaining hostages to get off the plane. This photo appears to show Innes running across the tarmac:

The remaining passengers on the hijacked EgyptAir Airbus A-320, which was diverted to Cyprus, run on the tarmac after leaving the plane as the hijacker surrendered to security forces after a six-hour standoff at Larnaca airport's largely disused old terminal on March 29, 2016.  The hijacker who seized the Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said. / AFP / GEORGE MICHAEL        (Photo credit should read GEORGE MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
The remaining passengers on the hijacked EgyptAir Airbus A-320, which was diverted to Cyprus, run on the tarmac after leaving the plane (George Michael/AFP/Getty Images)

In another photo, Innes appears to put his hands up so snipers didn’t shoot at him and the two other passengers:

The remaining passengers on the hijacked EgyptAir Airbus A-320, which was diverted to Cyprus, run on the tarmac after leaving the plane as the hijacker surrendered to security forces after a six-hour standoff at Larnaca airport's largely disused old terminal on March 29, 2016.  The hijacker who seized the Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said. / AFP / GEORGE MICHAEL        (Photo credit should read GEORGE MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
The remaining passengers on the hijacked EgyptAir plane run on the tarmac after leaving the craft (George Michael/AFP/Getty Images)

Seif Eldin Mustafa, who was wearing a fake explosives belt, surrendered to authorities after a standoff that lasted hours.

TOPSHOT - A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus A-320, which was diverted to Cyprus, leaves the plane before surrendering to security forces after a six-hour standoff on the tarmac at Larnaca airport's largely disused old terminal on March 29, 2016.  The hijacker who seized the Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said. / AFP / GEORGE MICHAEL        (Photo credit should read GEORGE MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
A man believed to be the hijacker before surrendering to security forces after a six-hour standoff (George Michael/AFP/Getty Images)

During the time he held the passengers captive Mustafa made erratic demands, including giving a letter to a woman, asking the Egyptian government to release female prisoners, and asking to speak with his Cypriot ex-wife.

He was taken into custody after the incident. No passengers or crew members were harmed.

From the start, it was clear that this wasn’t an act of terrorism.
— Ioannis Kasoulides, foreign minister for Cypress

Meanwhile, authorities said that they knew they were dealing with an incoherent person.

“From the start, it was clear that this wasn’t an act of terrorism, and despite the fact that the individual appeared to be dangerous in terms of his behavior, we understood that this was a psychologically unstable person,” said Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.