Hijacking of EgyptAir: When a hostage called his wife to tell her about some hidden money


AbdAllah El Ashmawy

Alhamdu Lellah, who saved and protected us through this ordeal.

Thank you all for your calls and messages. I arrived safely to Cairo after a very long and tiring day. A day I will never forget.

It is funny from your side I know. But it was of course a very painful experience to be on a Hijacked plane in the middle of the sea with a guy at the back of the plane who claims he has explosives.

Egypt airlines crew were really professional dealing with the situation and tried as much as possible to calm all the passengers especially the ladies flight attendants, who managed to keep a smile all through the flight.

I could see one of them crying at her front seat but once she stood up again she kept her smile just to calm people. Most of the people managed to stay calm, but as usual passengers on board made my day.

A lovely egyptian chap decided to call all his family and friends one by one in the middle of the hijacked plane when we were about to land in Cyprus and in a very loud voice “ana Makhtooof ya mohamed, ana makhtooof ya fatma,etc lol).

Another funny husband called his wife to tell her about some money he was hiding in a bank and the funniest part was that his wife forgot about the hijacking of the plane and instead kept asking him to repeat the bank name.

A third passenger managed to keep a frozen chicken(baladi as he says) all the way till they found it in his handbag while boarding on our last plane back to Cairo and he was so angry that they took his frozen chicken.

Another lovely guy was sleeping and woke up to be informed we were landing in Cyprus and his funny response was “why Cyprus ?

AbdAllah El Ashmawy, who one of the hijacked passengers, is a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University. The post above first appeared on his Facebook page. We’ve made edited few words to make it editorially sound.

Jantakareporter.com adds: And this Egyptian lecturer wasn’t alone experiencing funny incidents in the face of adversity.

Britain’s Sky News reported how a health and safety officer from Leeds, England, had managed to get a selfie with his captor.


Ben Innes told The Sun that he threw caution out of the window because he had nothing to lose.

“I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity.  I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway, so I took a chance to get a closer look at it. I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him.

“He just shrugged OK so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever.”

(Photo: Reuters)


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