UPDATE: Cyprus airplane hijacker surrenders after siege

Hostages leave the hijacked EgyptAir aircraft at Larnaca airport, Cyprus (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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Hostages leave the hijacked EgyptAir aircraft at Larnaca airport, Cyprus (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) :
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The hijacker who took control of a plane flying across Egypt this morning has been reported to surrender.

News emerged that two British hostages were among captives of the hijacked EgyptAir Flight MS181 which was forced to land in Cyprus after a man claiming to wear an explosive belt threatened their lives.

And after reports come in that most passengers on board the have been freed after landing at Larnaca airport, and there are reports that two of the remaining hostages held alongside crew members are British.

Further reports were made that only three passengers were still held hostage, and now the man, named as Seif Eldin Mustafa, has surrendered to authorities.

Some 81 people were on board including, 30 Egyptians, eight Americans, four Britons, four Dutchmen, two Belgians and one Italian, according to an airport official.

Reports say the lone hijacker wanted to talk to his estranged wife in Cyprus, while others claimed he was demanding the release of female prisoners in Egypt.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry said: "The pilot said that a passenger told him he had an explosives vest and forced the plane to land in Larnaca."

The EgyptAir plane was reportedly taken over by at least one armed man, with a suspected bomb on board, while flying from Alexandria on Egypt's Mediterranean coast to the capital Cairo, the country's civil aviation authority said.

The plane was forced to land in Cyprus, and around 55 of the passengers and crew were believed to be on board. All but the crew and five passengers have now reportedly been released. Eight Britons and 10 Americans are reported to have been on the plane.

EgyptAir confirmed the incident on the plan from Alexandria to Cairo early this morning on Twitter: "Our flight MS181 is officially hijacked", and added that a statement would follow.

In a statement on Twitter, Egypt Air there was a threat from a passenger with an explosive belt.