Friday, May 20, 2016

EgyptAir: what is known about the disappearance of flight MS804 – The 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 continues, then it is not known at this stage what that caused the crash of the device, but the terrorist act trail is on everyone’s mind.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on “all units of State concerned, including the Ministry of civil Aviation (…), the navy and the air force, more research operations “to” find the wreckage of the plane. ” Thursday, the remains were found near the Greek island of Karpathos, in the presumed area of ​​the plane crash. But according to the president of the Greek Committee of Aviation Safety Athanassios Binos, it does not come from a plane, which was confirmed on Thursday evening on CNN vice president of Egyptair Ahmed Adel, denying earlier statements of the company. Research operations “continue,” he said.

The thesis of the attack

The MS804 flight, aboard which were including 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, elements that accredit the thesis of an event very brutal. 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 jump to conclusions,” said Sherif Fathy AFP. Earlier, French President Francois Hollande declared that “no hypothesis” was “rejected” or “privileged”.

“It looks like this is another terrorist attack. The plane had taken off from 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 of a possible attack also arrested Friday the French press. “There’s a little more than six months, the explosion of a bomb on board an Airbus A321 shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh caused the death of its 224 passengers, mostly Russian and recalls Guillaume Goubert Cross . The attack was claimed by Daech, which thus was Russia’s ally Assad. Was it this time hitting the France combined – and purveyor of weapons – from Egypt in the fight against Islamism? We must now live, and probably for a long time with such questions and to face such risks. “

Two turns and a sudden drop

Paris announced that three French investigators and an Airbus technical advisor had gone to Cairo to participate in the investigations. The Paris prosecutor opened an investigation, the flight has taken off from France and with several French on board. The device EgyptAir was carrying 56 passengers, including 1 boy and 2 babies and 7 crew members and three security officers, according to the Egyptian national carrier. According EgyptAir, 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one British, one Canadian, one Belgian, one Portuguese, one Algerian, one Sudanese, one Chadian, two Iraqis and one Saudi! Kuwait aboard. Canada’s Foreign Ministry 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 hours and was scheduled to land in Cairo at 3 pm 5. 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 dropping from 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 h 29 GMT (2 h 29 to Paris) 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,” according to their leader, Constantin Litzerakos. Any “distress message” was sent by the crew, also affirmed the Egyptian army. Airbus fell to 130 nautical miles off the island of Karpathos, according to the Greek authorities.

A new test for Egypt

The loss of the aircraft involved in a difficult environment for Egypt, faces multiple security and economic challenges. The bombing of the aircraft of Russian tourists on October 31 had contributed to the further decline in tourism, a key sector of the economy, the AR also continues to multiply attacks aimed forces security. EgyptAir recently had to manage on board hostage-taking of 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. Leaving the building in tears, a woman has launched a photographer, “Why you take my picture? My brother died and you take my picture? “


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