‘Terrorism’ more likely behind missing plane than technical failure: Min.
Egypt Air plane - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The possibility that a “terrorist act” is behind the Thursday disappearance of an EgyptAir plane over the Mediterranean is higher than that of a technical failure, Sherif Fathy, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister, said.

The plane flew from Cairo to Tunis, and then to Paris before it took off for Cairo, Fathy said at a press conference.

Fathy emphasized that it can take up to two years to investigate incidents of this nature, but said that “when it is related to us, it is expected to take a couple of hours.”

He insisted on referring to the plane with “the professional term of missing” even if the possibility of a crash is high, because its wreck has not been found, and to be sensitive to the feelings of passengers’ families.

Flight MS804 disappeared from radar at 2:30 a.m Thursday morning with 66 people on board.

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