Civil aviation ministry forms committee to probe into ill-fated EgyptAir jet
Unidentified relatives and friends of passengers who were flying in an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo react as they wait outside the Egyptair in-flight service building where relatives are being held at Cairo International Airport, Egypt May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy formed an Investigation Committee to probe into the EgyptAir flight that crashed over the Mediterranean Thursday, Youm7 reported, citing a statement of the civil aviation ministry.

The committee is chaired by pilot Ayman al Moqadem of the Central Directorate of Aircraft Accident Investigation, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, an aircraft manufacturer representative has arrived Friday morning to join in the investigation committee works, in accordance to the international legislations.

Fifty-six passengers, including 30 Egyptians, 15 French and 11 of other nationalities, along with 10 crew members, died aboard EgyptAir’s crashed Airbus A320.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said there has been “absolutely no indication” so far as to why the plane came down. Meanwhile, three European security officials say the passenger manifest for EgyptAir Flight 804 contained no known names on current terror watch lists.

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