"It's over," said Cyprus' ministry of foreign affairs.
The flight, bound from Alexandria's Borg El Arab for Cairo, was diverted to Cyprus' Lanarca Airport after a man claiming to be wearing an explosives belt, forced the pilot to re-route the plane.
Cypriot authorities have since determined that the belt was fake.
Earlier in the day, Cyprus state TV reported that the hijacker, identified as an Egyptian national named as Seif Eldin Mustafa, "just wants to deliver a message to his ex-wife", who is Cypriot.
There were originally 55 passengers on board, including eight Americans, four Britons, two Belgians, one Italian, four Dutch and 30 Egyptians, according to a spokesperson for Alexandria's Borg El Arab Airport.
By around 11:45am, all but eight people - including three passengers - had been released.
An EGYPTAIR official declared that 3 passengers, the pilot, co-pilot and 3 cabin crew members in addition to the hijacker are still onboard.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
Update: the concerned departments are working on issuing the landing authorization for an aircraft to depart from Cairo Airport to Larnaca.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) March 29, 2016
Lanarca Airport was shut for the duration of the incident, and flights were diverted to Paphos.
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