An Aberdeen-based oilfield services worker who posed for a photograph with a man that hijacked his plane has told British media that he was trying to get a better look at the hijacker’s suicide belt.
Ben Innes, a QA/HSE sytems auditor at oilfield services company TWMA, was aboard the Egyptair flight which was forced to land in Cyprus Tuesday after passenger Seif Eldin Mustafa threated to blow up the aircraft, according to Cypriot officials. The plane was originally heading from Alexandria to Cairo.
Talking to UK newspaper the Sun, Innes said that he was trying to “stay cheerful in the face of adversity” and spoke of his interest in the hijackers device, which Cypriot officials later revealed to be fake.
“I figured that if his bomb was real I had nothing lose anyway, so I took my chance to get a closer look at it," said Innes.
“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 beside him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap.
“It has to be the best selfie ever.”
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