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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 - 16:46
Hijacker Photo Man Ben Innes Explains EgyptAir Plane Snap
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A man who posed for a picture with a hijacker wearing a suspected suicide belt has said he was trying to get a better look at the device.

The image of Ben Innes, grinning next to his captor on the EgyptAir flight, has gone viral on social media.

Mr Innes, based in Aberdeen, also told media that he wanted to "stay cheerful in the face of adversity".

The hijacker, who forced the plane to land in Cyprus, was later arrested and the suicide belt was found to be fake.

Oil worker Mr Innes, who is originally from Leeds, was a passenger on the Airbus A320 on Tuesday when a man, named by Cypriot officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa, threatened to blow up the aircraft.

The picture was taken during a five-hour standoff after the plane was diverted to Larnaca airport.




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