CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi spoke by phone with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to offer his condolences to the victims of the ill-fated airline crash, said a presidential statement Thursday.
Sisi expressed his deep sorrow and extended Egyptians’ condolences to the victims of the “tragic accident” that led to the death of all the 150 passengers on board, said the statement.
The passengers were of different nationalities, mostly from Spain and Germany.
Flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, the Germanwings jet crashed into a mountain in the French Alps after it reportedly lost radio contact with air traffic controllers.
The cries of terror from the passengers and crew were heard moments before the crash on one of the jet’s black boxes’ voice recorder, according to news reports.
Prosecutions investigating the accident said that the co-pilot barricaded himself in the cockpit, ignored the pilot’s screams from outside and “intentionally” sent the plane full speed into a mountain, according to Associated Press.
After the co-pilot was blamed for deliberately crashing the plane, a number of airliners announced they will change cockpit rules and adopt the US requirements that a commercial pilot can’t be left alone in the cockpit.