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EgyptAir dismisses reports that Cairo-bound plane experienced technical difficulties mid-flight

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Jul 2018
File Photo: An EgyptAir airplane (Photo: EgyptAir Website)

Egypt's flagship airline EgyptAir has dismissed reports that its London-Cairo flight ms780 experienced technical difficulties mid-flight while en route to Cairo.

The company clarified in the statement that the airplane had experienced a minor technical difficulty during the push-back process before take-off at Heathrow Airport, not in mid-flight as reported.

"Due to this technical error, the aircraft's pilot decided to return to the hanger for necessary maintenance, which only required 30 minutes," the statement said.

"Only two passengers requested to cancel their flight, not most of the passengers as reported. The flight took off for Cairo after a delay of 2 hours and 20 minutes, not four hours as reported," the statement said.

EgyptAir called on media outlets to verify news from the appropriate sources and avoid exaggeration, especially when reporting on aviation safety.

The airline said it would seek legal action against media outlets and journalists that deliberately attempted to defame the company.

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