CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ A chartered Egyptian airliner was hijacked today after taking off from Tunis, Tunisia, and ordered to fly to neighboring Libya, but police said it landed on the Tunisian island of Jerba.

The hijackers were no longer inside the plane, and were refusing to speak to authorities, a police official said on condition of anonymity.

It was not clear why the plane landed in Jerba, an island 200 miles south of Tunisia's capital, Tunis.

Police said the plane was chartered by a Lebanese company from EgyptAir, the Egyptian national carrier. The name of the Lebanese company was not known.

The hijackers demanded to go to Libya, the police official said. He said the craft's pilot had reported the incident to Egyptian officials.

Passengers aboard the plane included Libyans.

No further details were immediately available.