Thursday, May 19, 2016

EgyptAir Airbus: continuation of Mediterranean Research, considered attack – Le Point

The search operations for the Airbus A320 from Paris to Cairo EgyptAir which crashed Thursday off a Greek island with 66 people on board were ongoing, while the Egyptian authorities discussed possible act terrorist.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on “all units of the State concerned, including the Ministry of civil Aviation (…) marine and army air intensify search operations “to” recover debris from the plane. “

the President of the Greek Committee of Aviation safety Athanassios Binos told AFP that the debris found so far in the area near the presumed base of Egyptair flight “does not come from a plane.”

The Egyptian company had previously announced in Arabic on Twitter the “discovery of debris that could be those of the flight MS804.” But the Egytair Vice President Adel Ahmed said Thursday evening on CNN that the debris found “did not belong to our plane.” Search operations “continue”, he added.

The MS804 flight, aboard which were especially 30 Egyptians and 15 French, suddenly disappeared from radar without that “no problem “have been reported by the pilot while flying conditions were excellent when approaching the Egyptian coast.

while remaining extremely cautious, the Egyptian Minister of civil Aviation said that this could “suggest that the probability (…) of a terrorist attack is higher than that of a technical failure” to explain his disappearance.

“But I do not want to shoot jump to conclusions, “said Sherif Fathy AFP. Earlier, French President Francois Hollande declared that “no hypothesis” was “rejected” or “privileged”.

“It looks like it is still a terrorist attack. The aircraft departed Paris. When will we become tough, intelligent and vigilant? Great hatred and disease! “responded the Republican candidate for the White House Donald Trump on Twitter.

the immediate evocation a possible attack also arrested Friday in the French press about the terrorist intrusion in our lives and in our minds

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Paris announced that three french investigators and an Airbus technical advisor had gone to Cairo to participate in the investigations.

This air disaster comes just over six months after the explosion, on 31 October, a bomb on board a Russian plane had just taken off from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

the attack had been killed and 224 had been claimed by the Egyptian branch of the jihadist group Islamic State (EI) who made also of France one of its priority targets.

EgyptAir the aircraft was carrying 56 passengers, including a boy and two babies and seven crew members and three officers safety, according to the Egyptian national company.

according to EgyptAir, 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one British, one Canadian, one Belgian, one Portuguese, one Algerian, one Sudanese, one Chadian, two Iraqis, a Saudi and Kuwaiti aboard.

the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs reported for its part of two Canadian nationals on board.

the plane took off from the french airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle near Paris shortly after 23:00 (2100 GMT) and was scheduled to land in Cairo at 3:05 (1:05 ​​GMT).

the plane, which was at an altitude of 37,000 feet (over 11,200 meters), “made a 90 degree turn to the left and 360 degrees to the right while falling 37,000 to 15,000 feet” before disappearing from the radar, said the Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos.

the aircraft disappeared from radar Greek 0:29 GMT while he was in Egyptian airspace, according to Greek civil aviation.

twenty minutes earlier the pilot had yet reported “no problem” to the Greek air traffic controllers during his last conversation. He was even “happy and thanked his interlocutors in Greek,” said their leader, Constantin Litzerakos.

No “distress message” was sent by the crew, also affirmed Egyptian army

the Airbus fell to 130 nautical miles off the island of Karpathos, according to the Greek authorities

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the Paris prosecutor opened an investigation, the flight has taken off from France and with several French on board.

The loss of this aircraft comes at a difficult time for Egypt, faces multiple security and economic challenges.

The attack of the aircraft of Russian tourists 31 October had contributed to the further decline in tourism, a key sector of the economy, the AR also continues to multiply attacks against the security forces.

Egyptair recently had manage a hostage aboard one of its planes, hijacked on March 29 by a hijacker “psychologically unstable” to Cyprus. The 55 passengers were eventually released smoothly while the man went.

At Cairo airport, relatives of the flight MS804 passengers were confined in an isolated room and the police prohibited the access to the press. Those who left were attacked by a crowd of journalists. Tears leaving the building, a woman launched a photographer: “Why do you take a picture My brother died and you take my picture?”

20/05/2016 4:29: 43 – Cairo (AFP) – AFP © 2016


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