Libya Plane Diverted to Malta in ‘Potential Hijack’ With More Than 100 People Aboard

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14.375416 All outbound flights have been held. Authorities in Malta are dealing with the “potential hijack” of a Libyan airliner with more than 100 people on board, the country’s prime minister said Friday. A Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs communications officer, Etienne Saint John, told CNN that security personnel were on the scene. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted that he had been “informed of potential hijack situation of a Libya internal flight diverted to Malta. The plane was on service from Sabha, a city in southwestern Libya, to the capital, Tripoli. “There is an ongoing meeting at the Prime Minister’s office regarding the plane.”
According to the airport’s website, several flights had been diverted to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport in Italy. A picture taken on December 23, 2016 shows a hijacked Airbus A320 operated by Afriqiyah Airways after it landed at Luqa Airport, in Malta. The French news agency AFP said an additional seven crew members were on board. Security and emergency operations standing by.”
In another tweet he said that the plane was carrying 111 passengers, including one infant. (Credit: MATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images)
The plane, an internal Libyan flight operated by Afriqiyah Airways, landed at Malta’s international airport, where emergency and security personnel were waiting.