- Relatives of EgyptAir Passengers Await News
CAIRO — An Egyptian jetliner carrying 66 people en route from Paris to Cairo abruptly swerved, vanished from radar and apparently plunged into the Mediterranean early Thursday, shortly before it was scheduled to land. Egypt’s aviation minister suggested terrorism was a more likely cause than technical failure.
The apparent loss of the flight, EgyptAir 804, was the second civilian aviation disaster for Egypt in the past year. It immediately resurrected fears and speculation about the safety and security of Egyptian air travel and broader questions about terrorism against civilian air travel.
Egypt and Greece mounted an intense search-and-rescue operation in the southern Aegean Sea, and, on Thursday afternoon, the Greek authorities said debris believed to be from the wreckage had been found at a site around 205 nautical miles southeast of Crete and 190 nautical miles south of the Greek island of Karpathos.
The Egyptian civil aviation minister, Sherif Fathi, told a news conference in Cairo that it was premature do draw conclusions about the cause of the crash, but he quickly acknowledged that it might be terrorism.
Via: REUTERS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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