Egypt launches investigation into missing EgyptAir plane
An EgyptAir plane lands at Cairo Airport in Egypt - REUTERS
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CAIRO: Egypt’s State Security Prosecution has launched an investigation into the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804 at the request of the Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadek, according to a statement from Egypt General Prosecution Thursday.

The flight disappeared from radar at 2:30 a.m. Thursday with 56 passengers and 10 crew members onboard while flying from Paris to Cairo. France and Greece have confirmed that the plane has crashed in the Mediterranean in Egyptian territorial waters near the Greek Karpathos Island; the three countries are in full cooperation to recover the plane.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, the Egyptian Minister of Aviation Sherif Fathy said that nothing can be ruled out in determining the reason for the plane crash.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said that the total number of the Egyptian passengers onboard is 30 while there are also 15 French passengers, and 11 others from different countries. He did not rule out a terrorist act as a possible cause of the plane’s disappearance.

French President François Hollande has discussed the situation with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Both “agreed on continuing coordination and cooperation between Egypt and France to unravel the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Egyptian plane,” a statement from the Egyptian Presidency said. The statement added that President Sisi will today preside over a meeting of the National Security Council.

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