Egypt’s foreign ministry is working towards release of detained pilots in Sweden

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Dec 2014

An Egyptian plane landed in Sweden Wednesday holding 10 Syrians with illegal papers claiming political asylum

Egypt’s foreign ministry is working on ending the detention of the crew of an Egyptian plane that landed Wednesday in Sweden holding Syrians with illegal papers.

The plane was rented from the Egyptian Smart Aviation Company and made its way to Sweden’s Malmö Airport from Lebanon, the head of Smart Aviation Company Roshdy Zakaria said in a statement.

The 10 Syrians onboard the plane, according to Zakaria, had fake Swedish visas and asked for political asylum once they landed.

Swedish authorities detained the Syrians along with the plane and its crew, consisting of two Egyptian pilots.

The Egyptian embassy in Sweden is closely monitoring the situation and working alongside Swedish authorities to release the plane and its crew, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti told the press.

Smart Aviation Company was launched in 2007 under the umbrella of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. 

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