Libyan Plane Hijacked, Ends Peacefully In Malta

A flight in Libya was diverted to Malta after a hijack.

The Afriqiyah Airways plane had 118 people on board. The domestic flight took off from Sebha headed for Tripoli.

The Times of Malta reports at 3:20 p.m. local time the hijackers surrendered to soldiers after a nearly four-hour standoff. Malta's Prime Minister said at a press conference that two Libyan men carried out the hijack. Negotiators told the hijackers to release all passengers before any discussion could be made, which they eventually did.

The Chicago Tribune reports the pilot said the hijackers were seeking asylum in Europe and wanted to start a new political party called "the new Fateh," in reference to former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi who was killed in 2011 -- he led the Fateh revolution.