Photos: Devastated families of EgyptAir victims mourn as official says cause of crash more likely terrorism than technical issue
Thursday, 19 May 2016
AUTHOR Ayoola Olugbenga Daniel
An EgyptAir flight with more than 66 people aboard crashed during a flight from Paris to Cairo leaving the victim's families and friends devastated as they search for answer.
The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he was told the flight crashed, but Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said he preferred to classify the flight as missing, CNN reports.
"We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the possibility of technical fault," Fathi said at a Cairo news conference. "I will continue to use the term missing plane until we find any debris."
Later at the same news conference, he indicated that while there were "no known security issues" with passengers aboard the plane, the probability of terrorism downing it is higher than the likelihood of a mechanical cause.
"I don't want to go to speculation. I don't want to go to assumptions like others. But if you analyze this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem," Fathi said.
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