A video has emerged of the EgyptAir flight crew laughing and posing with their hijacker, as well as taking the now famous “hijacker selfie” with one of the hostages.
EgyptAir Flight MS181 had been destined for Cairo from Alexandria before the hijacker forced the plane to redirect to Cyprus, grounding the plane for hours in a tense stand-off.
Identified as 59-year-old Seif Eldin Mustafa, the hijacker wore a fake explosive belt and demanded the release of female inmates in Egyptian prisons in addition to demanding to speak to his estranged Cypriot wife—the mother of his four children.
Initially Mustafa only kept four crew members and three passengers aboard the plane. Later, Mustafa released everyone unharmed before exiting the plane and surrendering to police. Individuals can be seen escaping from the grounded aircraft in another video captured at Cyprus’s Lanarca Airport.
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During the six-hour stand-off, British national Ben Innes decided he would like to take a photograph with Mustafa. Speaking with The Sun, the health and safety auditor from Leeds said: “I’m not sure why I did it, I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity.”
In the above video taken by Dutch passenger Huub Helthuis, two EgyptAir crew members can be seen talking with Mustafa before calling over Innes for the now viral picture.
After Innes poses with Mustafa, one EgyptAir crew member can be seen posing with the hijacker as well. Laughing from the crew members can be heard towards the end of the video.