Libyan plane in ‘potential hijack’ to Malta

Afriqiyah Airways plane surrounded by Soldiers on the runway at Malta Airport

A Libyan passenger plane with 118 people on board has been forced to land in Malta in what the Maltese prime minister called a “potential hijack situation”.

The Airbus A320 was flying inside Libya for airline Afriqiyah Airways when it was diverted, local media report.

There were two hijackers involved, who threatened to bomb the plane, according to initial reports.

Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said security forces were standing by.

Malta International Airport confirmed on Twitter that there had been an “unlawful interference” at the airport.

It said emergency teams had been dispatched.

Reports said a number of soldiers and special forces vehicles were seen at the scene.

 

Zainab Sa’id