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Terrorist act may be behind disappearance of EgyptAir flight: Egypt's civil aviation minister

Minister Sherif Fathy said a number of times in the press conference that Egypt does not refute the assumption that all scenarios are possible

Lina El-Wardani , Ahram Online , Thursday 19 May 2016
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi speaks at a press conference about the early Thursday morning crash of an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, May 19, 2016 (Photo: Lina El-Wardani)
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Egypt's civil aviation minister Sherif Fathy said "all scenarios are possible" regarding the EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean early this morning but told reporters during a press conference on Thursday that the “possibility of a terrorist act is higher than that of a technical error”

Answering an Ahram Online reporter's question on why he believes it was likely a terrorist attack rather than a technical error, Fathy said: "I said so based on what I read and from my expertise, but these remain assumptions and possible scenarios. I will still use the word ‘missing’ till we find the debris."

Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy said a number of times in the press conference that Egypt does not refute the assumption that all scenarios are possible.

Fathy said that the last contact with plane was at 2:30am Cairo time. Authorities tried to contact the flight again at 2:50am but there was no response.

He also said that Egypt will cooperate with French authorities to investigate the disappearance of the plane.

Fathy explained that the Airbus 320 plane could carry 145 passengers, though only 66 were on board, “including 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, one Briton, one Canadian, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian, one Belgian, one Kuwaiti and one Saudi... in addition to 10 crew members.”

The civil aviation minister said authorities are hosting the relatives of passengers who were on the EgyptAir MS804 airliner.

"We immediately thought we should contact the families of the passengers, and we are hosting them at the airport here in Cairo and also at Paris' Charles De Gaulle," said Fathy.

He also said that families who are currently in France will be granted free tickets to Egypt so they are able to closely follow the matter.

During the presser, Fathy said that Egyptian forces are cooperating with Greek authorities in their search overt the Mediterranean Sea.

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Al
20-05-2016 02:09pm
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If it’s terrorism …
For Egypt sake one hopes it’s a mechanical failure. If it’s a terrorist act this would be the 2nd major disaster in less than a year. Would the Egyptian government step back and assess the causes and remedies for these major terrorism acts? For over 40 years there was no major terrorist attacks in Egypt despite successive governments corruption and incompetence; just in 6 months we may have 2! What would make this government take notice that their policies are contributing to theses disasters!
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Brad Bochte
21-05-2016 05:11am
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Bad memory
You forgot the assassination of Anwar Sadat? The Luxor Massacre? The attack on tourists outside the museum in Tarhir Square?
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Sam Enslow
20-05-2016 07:14am
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Rudder?
Airbus 320 has in the past had problems with its rudder resulting in crashes. The history says these planes showed quick turns just prior to crashing. So there are other explanations than terrorism possible. Except for a lack of coordination between agencies making conflicting statements, Egyptian officials should be commended for their reaction to this sad event. The attitude will go far in mitigating the harm to Egypt regardless of the cause of this event.
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19-05-2016 06:49pm
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May God comfort the family
This is really so sad.I pray at least some remains may be found so the families can get closure.If this has to do with terrorism i must say whoever did it is going to hell as no evildoer will enter heaven.May their souls rest in peace.
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