The Monde.fr with AFP and Reuters •
in a hotel in Cairo airport, the families of victims are still waiting, in anguish, explanations of disappearance of their relatives. But the day after the plane crash of EgyptAir Paris-Cairo, which crashed into the sea in the night of Wednesday 18 to Thursday, May 19 with sixty-six people on board, the circumstances of the accident remain still mysterious, no track is privileged moment for
Among the passengers. – including two babies and a child -. Egyptians were thirty, five French nationals and ten other countries
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the Egyptian military said on Friday 20 May, have drafted the personal effects of passengers and aircraft debris 290 km off Alexandria. While international research continued, the Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos, announced that a “human limb, two seats and one or more suitcases” were found.
on Thursday the discovery of debris belonging to the flight MS804 was announced first by the Egyptian Ministry of civil Aviation, and then denied.
the European Space Agency (ESA) said that one of its satellites had detected a possible oil slick, “long about 2 kilometers” , “about 40 kilometers southeast of the last known location of the aircraft.” ESA adds, however, that “There is no guarantee that the spill comes from the device have disappeared. “
No hypothesis rejected
technical failure? terrorist act? No evidence which would, for now, to prefer one or the other track. “All hypotheses are discussed, but none is privileged because we have absolutely no indication of the causes” of the accident, said Friday the French foreign minister, Jean- Marc Ayrault.
the flight MS804 suddenly disappeared from radar screens Thursday after 2 am with no problem has been reported by the pilot and while the weather was good. Delivered to EgyptAir in November 2003, the Airbus A320 had accumulated 48,000 flight hours, which is relatively low by European aircraft manufacturer. The pilot had approximately 6275 hours of experience, more than 2000 A320; and copilot, 2766 hours EgyptAir said his side.
The disappearance of the aircraft has not been claimed by a terrorist group. In early November, the Egyptian branch of the organization Islamic State (EI) was quickly said to be behind the explosion of a bomb in flight in an aircraft of Russian tourists over the Sinai, 31 October.
on the Egyptian side, the Prime Minister, Ismail Sharif, said Thursday it was too early to make any explanation, but the minister of civil aviation, Sherif Fathi, while remaining extremely careful, suggested that the hypothesis of a terrorist act was more likely than a technical failure
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research continues, an investigation is
planes and ships deployed by Egypt Friday continued their search operations. The US and France have joined this campaign, rushing Paris in the zone a Falcon 50 recognition, previously assigned to the European mission to fight against smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean. The French navy was also sending more aircraft, Atlantique 2, and a patrol ship.
In Paris, the prosecutor opened an investigation into the disappearance of flight MS804, and three members of the Office ‘investigations and analysis (BEA) and an Airbus technical advisor were dispatched to Cairo to participate in the investigations. As prescribed by the UN, Egypt will be in charge of the investigation, with the assistance of countries, including France, where the plane had been assembled, and the United States, where the location Pratt & amp reactor manufacturer; Whitney that equipped the plane
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