The Monde.fr with AFP and Reuters •
the day after the disappearance of an Airbus A320 EgyptAir ensuring the Paris-Cairo connection, searches continued Friday 20 May morning, south of Crete, where the device’s signal was lost at 2 pm 30 am.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, ordered the Ministry of civil Aviation, the center of search and rescue of the army, navy and air force intensified search operations to locate the wreckage.
the United States and France have joined the search, Paris hurrying in the area 50 a recognition Falcon 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.
On Friday morning, the army said it had found the personal effects of passengers and wreckage , 290 km north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria. This information, taken from the Minister of the Greek defense, Panos Kammenos, evoking luggage, seats and a human limb, is questionable.
The day before already, an announcement a little hasty ministry the Egyptian civil Aviation had suggested that the Greek authorities had recovered at sea “floating objects” and life jackets, 370 kilometers south of Crete. However, in the evening, EgyptAir belied on CNN, and the president of the Greek airline safety committee stated that the recovered debris was not from an aircraft
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No hypothesis rejected
the MS804 flight, aboard which were 66 people – 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security personnel – suddenly disappeared from radar without any problems have been reported by the pilot while flying conditions were excellent in approach Egyptian coast.
in Athens, the Minister of Greek defense Panos Kammenos, said Airbus EgyptAir had turned 90 ° to the left and then conducted a full and deep rotation, then from 37 to 000 feet to 15,000 (from 11,470 meters to 4 650 meters), before disappearing from radar screens Greek. There is no evidence yet to explain these oscillations cap.
“All assumptions are reviewed but none is privileged” , said on Friday the Minister of Foreign Affairs french, Jean-Marc Ayrault, France 2 evoking the accident. Among the passengers – including two babies and a child – were 30 Egyptians, 15 French nationals and ten other countries, said EgyptAir
US officials do not advance more and say that. examination of satellite images did not provide yet any evidence to speak of an explosion of the plane.
on the Egyptian side, the Prime Minister, Ismail Sharif, said Thursday that it was too early to make any explanation, but the minister of civil aviation, Sherif Fathi, while remaining extremely cautious, for his part conceded that the hypothesis of a terrorist act was more likely than a technical failure.
This air disaster occurred a little more than 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 Islamic State organization (EI), which was also of France one of its priority targets.
investigation by Cairo
in Paris, the prosecutor opened an investigation into the disappearance of flight MS804 and France announced that three members of investigation and analysis Bureau (BEA) and a technical adviser Airbus had gone to Cairo to participate in the investigations.
in accordance with the rules set by the UN, Cairo will be responsible for the investigation with the assistance of several countries, including France, where the plane had been assembled, and the United States, which is based manufacturer Pratt & amp reactors; . Whitney that equipped the plane
Airbus said that the device, an A320 equipped with Pratt & amp reactors; Whitney, was delivered to EgyptAir in November 2003 and had approximately 48,000 flight hours. The pilot had approximately 6275 hours of experience, more than 2000 A320; and copilot, 2766 hours EgyptAir said his side
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