The alleged hijacker of an EgyptAir plane has been arrested after hours of tense negotiations, according to Cypriot police, freeing his remaining hostages and emerging from the grounded plane with his hands up.
The man – said to be in an "unstable psychological state" and believed by authorities to be Egyptian – had held a number of hostages but the Cypriot authorities said the incident was "now over."
There were several conflicting reports, some of which NBC News is unable to confirm, on the incident in Larnaca airport where the plane was diverted from its Alexandria-Cairo flight earlier in the morning.
Ahead of his surrender and arrest, the lone alleged hijacker had released most of the passengers and crew with only three passengers, the pilot, co-pilot and three cabin crew still on board at the end of the siege.
There have been a number of conflicting theories about the alleged hijacker's motivations but the incident was not believed to be terror-related and the individual had asked to speak to a person, believed to be his ex-wife, who lives in Cyprus.