CAIRO: Hundreds of mourners gathered near Cairo’s Opera House on Thursday for a candlelight vigil to honor victims of EgyptAir plane that crashed over the Mediterranean last week, Youm7 reported.
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister, the French ambassador to Cairo, media figures, politicians, diplomats, government officials and cabin crews in EgyptAir uniforms were among the mourners who held bouquets of flowers, candles and the Egyptian flags and observed a minute’s silence in honor of the 66 passengers and 10 crew members died in the crash.
“We are here to pay respect to the souls of the victims and wish their families peace,” Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy was quoted by Youm7.
A large banner bearing the names of the victims was displayed at the memorial ceremony.
The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens on May 19, apparently without having sent a distress call. Debris from the plane has been recovered from the sea 290 kilometers north of Alexandria.
Investigators are still searching for the two black boxes.