First group of passengers leaves hijacked Libyan plane in Malta

The first group of passengers, made up of women and children, are being released now from a hijacked Libyan plane, Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Friday on Twitter.

"First 25 passengers (are) released," he said in a separate Twitter.

The Libyan airplane with 111 passengers on board and flying a domestic route in Libya, was hijacked and landed in Malta on Friday morning.

The Afriqiyah Airways plane departed the southern Libyan city of Sebha at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, originally on its way to the Libyan capital Tripoli.

The hijacked airplane landed at Malta International Airport at 11:32 a.m. local time.

It has 111 passengers on board, 82 males, 28 females, and one infant, Muscat said.

Source: Philippines News Agency