Ibrahim Samaha who hijacked an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday morning is a professor of veterinary medicine at Alexandria University in Egypt according to university's website.
The pilot of the plane was threatened by Samaha who claimed to be strapped with explosives, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said.
Cyprus broadcasting (CYBC) reported that Samaha may have personal motives for the hijacking as he had an ex-wife in Cyprus, CYBC said.
Witnesses said the hijacker threw a letter on the apron of the airport in Larnaca, written in Arabic, asking that it be delivered to his ex-wife, who is Cypriot.
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