A hijacked Libyan plane with 118 people on board landed in Malta on Friday, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

"Informed of potential hijack situation of a #Libya internal flight diverted to #Malta. Security and emergency operations standing by," he said in a tweet.

According to the Guardian, the hijacker claimed to have a hand grenade with him.

The state-owned Afriqiyah Airways plane was flying from Sebha to Tripoli, when it was commandeered and taken to the Mediterranean island nation.