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Ben Innes poses with hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa. Image courtesy of Ben Innes/Facebook.

A now notorious photo taken during the hijacking of an EgyptAir flight earlier this week was posted to social media by an Aberdeen oil worker.

According to the Press and Journal, the man featured in the photograph is Ben Innes, an employee at oil services firm TWMA.

Innes was onboard an EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo when Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked the plane while wearing a fake suicide bomb belt and forced the plane to land in Cyprus.

Innes, 26, told The Sun that the photo was taken by a crew member during an hours long standoff at a Cyprus airport.

“I’m not sure why I did it, I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity,” Innes told the paper.

The image shows Innes grinning as he stands next to Mustafa and immediately went viral.

The hostages were eventually freed and Mustafa surrendered to police.

Mustafa has not been linked to any terrorist organization.

Cypriot officials told NPR that Mustafa has asked for political asylum.

“It has to be the best selfie ever,” Innes told The Sun.