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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox
The Headlines Airline security is under the spotlight again -
a hi-jacked Egyptian plane is diverted to Cyprus.
The hijacker went through Egyptian security -
but was wearing a fake suicide belt on the flight.
Passengers were released unharmed - security officials rule out
Donld Trump's Presidential campaign hits trouble as his campaign manager
More than 200 people are detained in Pakistan as the hunt for those
behind the Easter Sunday bombing in Lahore intensifies.
And a corking future for British winemakers.
How climate change could actually be helping the UK's vineyards.
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
Desperate, tense moments for the passengers and crew
on a highjacked EgyptAir flight turned to relief today.
When the man who'd apparently boarded the flight with a suicide
explosives vest disembarked the plane and gave himself
The plane was originally scheduled to travel from Alexandria to Cairo
but was diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus, where it's
The man released most passengers when the plane landed.
One of the remaining hostages - who appears to be a crew member -
managed to make a daring escape as you can see here.
The suicide belt turned out to be a fake, with Cypriot officials
saying the man is psychologically unstable, with no political motive.
Our Correspondent, Yolande Knell reports Larnaca Airport.
A cockpit window became the emergency exit as the Egyptair
The hijacker then emerged wearing what
was found to be a fake suicide belt, and he surrendered to the Cypriot
On board the plane, the man, an Egyptian named Seif Eldin
Mustafa, alarmed staff when he threatened to blow up.
The flight, carrying over 60 people, including
Britain and other Europeans, was forced to divert from Cairo
Many passengers were released, but a handful were held
TRANSLATION: We got on board the plane, and were surprised
that the crew took away all of our passports.
After awhile, we realised the altitude was getting higher.
At first the crew told us there was a
Only later, we knew it was being hijacked.
As the plane remains on the tarmac, this unusual incident
And inevitably, questions are being asked about
After a deadly attack last year, Egypt was criticised
But this all appears to have been caused by a passenger who only
Grainy footage has been released that apparently shows the hijacker
undergoing security checks at Alexandria airport,
and Egypt's Prime Minister gave assurances
TRANSLATION: We conduct strict and very accurate measures
I hope that all will go well with the continuous
follow-up work, and development with the new equipment we have.
Security experts say there are some scenarios
it will always be hard to prepare for.
It reminds us to look at aviation security more holistically.
There are vulnerabilities within the system -
it is not a total security environment.
This evening, an aircraft flew in, expecting to take travellers
While no-one was harmed in today's hostage situation,
it could still have a negative effect on the country's tourism,
We hope to get the latest from our correspondence at Cairo airport when
the plane lands with the passengers on board.
Well, joining me now in the studio is Mark Harris,
from Crisis Response Service at Olive Group, an expert
And in our Southampton Studio, Eric Moody, a former BA pilot.
Eric, if I could start with you. The worst nightmare for any pilot. The
pilot from Egyptair has been praised for the calm way he responded to
this. What are you trying to do and have you ever been through it? No, I
have not been through it. I have some friends who have been through
it. I lived through the whole time of flights, through the late 1960s
and 1970s when hijacking was rife and it sounds very much like the
flight heading to Cuba with Cuban refugees on board, but the training,
what can you do? I think they did the right thing. You give in, but
not easily. You have to do what he wants, the hijacker, you have to
listen to him. Is there a code that you press in to some sort of
computer to alert authorities that you have been hijacked? Well, there
are means by which you can't declare an emergency on an aeroplane without
speaking, yes. Kate. Mark, as far as you're concerned as a negotiator,
what are the key first steps? The first thing to do is to try to calm
the situation down. It is going to be very tense, obviously, within the
aircraft, so their crew or cabin crew and things will have received
training and guidance on how to minimise the tension, which sounds
very difficult to do, and it is difficult to do, but it is one of
those things you've got to try and do. When lines of the negation are
opened, and if the person, the hijacker or hijackers, are speaking
a different line which, presumably you are going to have to go through
an intermediate, a translator, for that, and make sure that translator
is going to be able to impart that want to establish in terms of
negotiation? Certainly, very much so, and that is why, when you have
those situations, we hear that and Egyptian individual, most likely on
the ground, so I don't know what the line which was between them, but it
may well have been a second language, so again, that can be a
may well have been a second and making sure people understand
what the overall objective and making sure people understand
is the safety of life and reducing the risk and the threats
when you lost all engines. What did you say to the passengers? I just
wanted to get you say to the passengers? I just
attention of the world's press. I said good evening. This is the
attention of the world's press. I being hijacked, your prime
attention of the world's press. I and to the airline, and so would
make an announcement like that as captain? Well, you don't want to
upset the hijacker, that is the big thing. You want to do... You have
got to thing. You want to do... You have
can do, you will do and if you ask you to fly further than the fuel you
have got, you can't do that. You you to fly further than the fuel you
have to be persuasive, but you don't give in submitted late. You give in
to his demands within reason. You are trying to survive and keep the
aircraft and, more importantly, the passengers and the crew say. Just on
that question of giving in, when do you offer concessions or do you not
offer concessions? Is it you were told just to keep the dialogue
going? I think it depends very much of the objectives are of the
hijackers themselves in a big red becomes a terrorist situation then
it is very much in the hands of the Government and the authorities on
the ground, so depending on what the hijackers objectives are, as the
negotiator, you ain't is to keep the talking going on so you can
establish what they are and then there are other people who are then
looking at potentially what minor concessions might be made in order
to secure the lives of the passengers and crew. Just briefly, I
know you have been involved in several of the situations. Do you
know when the authorities decide to go in and take the plane by force or
are you kept away from that decision? Well, I think, as a
commercial response to crisis management consultant, it is most
likely we would not be but our client probably would be told at the
last moment that that is going to happen. All rights. Thank you both
very much for joining me on the programme.
In the latest twist in an already extraordinary campaign,
it's emerged that Republican Presidential candidate
Donald Trump's campaign manager has been charged with battery.
Corey Lewandowski was charged with intentionally grabbing
and bruising a reporter at a campaign event on March 8th.
Florida police have released these images which they say show
The Trump campaign have said that Mr Lewandowski is innocent
Our correspondent Barbara Plett Usher is in Washington.
What has the reaction been in Washington to this? Well, the
reaction from crucially Mr Trump's campaign opponents, his rivals for
the presidential nomination, has been to say that this is typical of
Donald Trump's style, that it reflects the culture of his
campaign, it reflects the character of the candidate, saw his opponents
have jumped onto this incident to push their advantage if they can
indeed do so. If I could speak about Mr Trump's reaction, this is
somebody for him, the campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski is
someone who is very important to him. He has a very small team around
him and Mr Lewandowski was his right-hand man. Both of them had
initially said nothing had happened, that Mr Lewandowski said he had not
even touch the reporter and now the video is out that he did in fact
show some grabbing of and pulling her backwards, but Mr Trump has come
out and said, look, the video is not showing anything. He said look at
the tapes, nothing there. He said it should not really be defined as
assault, but nevertheless Mr Lewandowski has been charged and he
will have to deal with the fact that he has to appear in court to defend
himself. You have covered and we all have covered big campaigns, but that
is one of the rough and tumble things. I have seen people pushed to
the ground. Are some people treating this as a sort of storm in a teacup?
Well, if you look at the pictures, what you see is Mr Lewandowski
grabbing the reporter and pulling her back as she is trying to
question Mr Trump and you are right, in the nature of political rough and
tumble, it doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but
according to the law in Florida, a simple battery is defined as
touching or striking somebody intentionally against their will and
the reporter has said she was bruised will stop she has in fact
shown the bruise on her Twitter page and there is a case to be made. How
serious it is, I think it is going to add to the narrative at the very
least that Mr Trump is running a campaign that is raucous, is rowdy,
is sometimes visibly confrontational, something for which
he has been criticised, but something he will continue to
defend. All right. And he very much. -- thank you very much.
Afghan officials have told the BBC an American jet has crashed
The M16 reportedly went down near Bagram airfield.
Details at this stage are sketchy and what may have caused the crash
We will keep you updated with developments here on BBC News.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
America is ordering the families of US
diplomats and military personnel to leave posts in southern Turkey
The State Department and Pentagon said dependents of American
Consulate in Adana and the nearby Incirlik air base must leave.
The move comes amid heightened security concerns throughout Turkey
and was accompanied by an updated travel warning advising US
citizens of an increased threat of terrorist attacks.
Fresh from recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra,
Syrian government troops are reported to have advanced
towards another key town held by the Islamic State group
A Human Rights group says government forces -
backed by intense Russian air strikes - seized a series
Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are scrambling
to save a satellite, and more than a quarter of a billion
dollars of investment, tumbling out of control in space.
Hitomi was launched last month and designed to study energetic
space objects such as supermassive black holes, neutron stars,
But now time is now running out to save the mission.
Scientists in Australia are warning that a large number of corals
in the Great Barrier Reef could die within the next few months,
because it's suffering from some of its worst ever damage.
The damage is being caused by bleaching, which happens
when warmer water causes the corals to get weaker.
More than 200 people have been detained in Pakistan in the hunt
for those behind the Easter Sunday bombing that killed at least 70
Weapons and ammunition have also been seized in raids
A breakaway group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed
Our correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports from the scene
Celebrating Easter Sunday in the park.
This young boy was caught up in carnage.
Now it feels like a ghost town. Everywhere around me are signs of
the carnage that took place here. There are remains of pools of blood,
abandoned shoes, broken glass everywhere and of course these
destroyed food stands, where parents would have come to buy snacks for
their children. This, of course, now is a site of the massacre saw areas
of the park have now been cordoned off and around the park, people have
come with flowers and messages of solidarity. Over here are the rides
where children were playing when the suicide bomber came in and detonated
explosives, causing one of the worst attacks Lahore has ever seen.
Pakistan is in shock and in morning while the authorities and Government
has vowed to go after the militants. The army, however, are taking the
lead on security operations. They have announced hundreds of arrests
and a number of raids not just here in Lahore but also across areas in
Pakistan. Now, the real concern and fear here, people is whether soft
targets like this one could be hit again and if whether the security
forces are able to prevent that from happening. Pakistanis will now be
watching anxiously to see whether the political and the military
leadership can keep security under control.
It will take months to reopen Brussels Zaventem airport fully,
its CEO has warned, as staff return to the site a week
after it was targeted by Islamist bombers.
The airport will open at 20% capacity on Wednesday.
Enhanced security measures are being introduced and further
screening of baggage will take place before passengers reach
35 people were killed and 96 more are still in hospital
after bombs targeted the airport and a metro train.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Brussels was in Paris on Tuesday to meet
Speaking to reporters in French and English, he was asked
about the response to the attacks in Brussels which left 35 dead.
analysis to be done about the investigation
and the manner in which things unfolded.
Otherwise, these attacks wouldn't have happened.
Do you now feel that this Belgian-Franco
terrorist network, that you have broken the back of it?
I hope it and we hope it all, yes, certainly.
The situation in Brussels is still going on.
There are still a lot of investigations now in Brussels,
so it is maybe too early to say it is finished,
but there is good work together between the French police
Let's catch up with some of the days other main stories.
The World Health Organisation says that the Ebola outbreak
in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency.
The announcement was made by the organisation's chief
Margaret Chan, raising confidence that the remaining isolated cases
This officially ends the emergency first declared in August 2014.
Thailand has revealed a draft of its proposed new constitution.
Military generals have promised stability after a decade
But critics say that the charter is undemocratic and gives too much
power to the military, who staged a coup two years ago.
The Oscar-winning American actress, Patty Duke, has died
Ms Duke won an Academy Award in 1963 at the age of 16,
for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.
She later became known for her roles in a number of television films.
There are new questions about safety in boxing after Saturday's British
Nick Blackwell is still in a medically induced coma
in hospital after losing to Chris Eubank Junior.
Today the winner's father - the former world champion
Chris Eubank - has questioned the decision to allow the fight
Our Sports Correspondent Richard Conway has more.
Saturday's contest for the British middleweight title ended in defeat
for Nick Blackwell during the 10th round, but by then, a huge swelling
Doctors later revealed he had suffered a small bleed on his brain.
Today, his opponent, Chris Eubank Junior,
together with his father, Chris Senior, the former
When I am watching him after the fight and he is lying
on the ground with an oxygen mask, that is when worry sets in.
Wow, I didn't realise this was going to happen, you know?
And I went over there, are you going to be all right,
Eubank Senior reportedly banged on the canvas during the fight,
He then stepped into the ring to warn his son that his opponent
was hurt, questioning why the bout was continuing.
One, he's getting hurt, two, why isn't the referee
Even inspiring, I always tell Junior to stay away from the heads. His
punching ability is dangerous. It was Eubank Senior's 1981 world
title contest against Michael Watson After a brutal exchange of punches,
Watson spent 40 days in a coma, and had six brain operations,
leaving him partially paralysed. The memory of that
night still resonates. The surgeon who operated
on Michael Watson 25 years ago believes more effort should now be
devoted to minimising harm You will never get rid of it,
like you could never get rid of injury in all sport,
but the only way of bringing that down is to stop fights earlier,
and I think this has raised Nick Blackwell remains in hospital
in a medically induced coma, but it's believed there are no
plans to operate on him. Over the weekend, his
family thanked the public They, together with the world
of boxing, are hopeful he can 2015 was a corker of a year
for British vineyards, with record sales at home
and around the globe. But could British producers been
doing even more to boost sales Go into your local
restaurant for dinner, and you may order a Spanish red
or a French white to go But how about a glass
from much closer to home, grown here in the
English countryside? These vines may not look
like much at the moment, but the team here in Kent
are going to be monitoring them closely over the next
few months, in time for harvest, when
they are going to be This is what the vineyard looked
like in full bloom last summer. And it is becoming more and more
likely you will see scenes like this as millions
of pounds is being invested into English and Welsh
wine, with more and more vineyards It even has the interest
of the champagne house Tattinger, But can it really compete with those
well-established brands? Similar to champagne -
it uses the same three great grapes of champagne, Pinot Meunier,
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, we age it, so it has
the same soil that is And it is one of those things that
from our point of view just And it seems many agree,
as English wine production has doubled in the past five years,
with sales reaching a record ?150 million in 2015, which is thought
to be down to a number of factors. We're learning more
about the vineyards, and the places, the right places
to plant the right vines. There's more expertise,
because of more available. And there's a growing eagerness
from consumers to engage with wine and food producers,
which all comes together and works. Now, the Government is setting
new targets to increase wine exports tenfold, from 250,000
bottles to 2.5 million by 2020. It plans to offer support,
resources, and help wine producers identify more suitable land
for sparkling wine production. Let's return now to our main story
of the hijacked Egyptair plane which was due to land in Alexandria but
the passengers have been taken off and put on another plane and are due
to arrive at Carrie wrote -- Cairo airport shortly. When I lead you to
touch down, Sally? We are still waiting here in Cairo airport for
the passengers to arrive. We have the family members here. There is a
sense of belief among these family members. They are happy that ones
are coming back safely after the moments of anxiety and extreme
tension they experienced in the morning. A lot of media people are
around as well. We are also expecting the Prime Minister to
arrive, where he will receive the passengers. So far, what we
understand is that the hijacker is still detained in Cyprus. According
to sources of the Egyptian Ministry of the interior, he has a permanent
record that includes robberies and fraud but we do not know when he is
expected to be deported back to Cairo. Just briefly, Sally, any
questions about airport security? Definitely. The fact that a person
was able to hijack a plane that easily in one of the Egyptian
airports raises lots of concerns about how accurate and vigorous
there are security checks are. All right. Thank you very much indeed.
But for now from me, Tim Wilcox, and the rest of the team,