ADVERTISING
 
Saturday, February 23   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Plane tragedy
 

Debris from EgyptAir missing flight found in Alexandria

The plane had 66 people on board. Egypt's civil aviation minister has said the possibility of a terror attack is stronger than technical failure.

SOURCES Agencies AUTHOR Evangelical Focus CAIRO 20 MAY 2016 14:20 h GMT+1
plane egyptair An EgyptAir plane like the one disappeared. / JetPhotos.net

An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece on Thursday.



Greek, Egyptian, French and UK military units have been taking part in a search operation near Greece's Karpathos island.



 



DEBRIS FOUND



Egypt's military and national airlines say debris from the crashed flight has been recovered in the Mediterranean, 290km (180 miles) north of the city of Alexandria in Egypt.



Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said a body part, two seats and at least one suitcase had been found.



The search is now focused on finding the plane's flight recorders, the Associated Press news agency reports. On Thursday, some wreckage was reported found near the Greek island of Karpathos, but that report proved to be wrong.



 



POSSIBLE BREACH OF SECURITY



Three investigators from the French air accident investigation bureau, along with a technical adviser from Airbus, have joined the Egyptian inquiry.



In France, the focus is on whether a possible breach of security happened at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.



 



The plane route.



 



TERRORIST ATTACK?



Sherif Fathi, Egypt’s aviation minister, said he did not want to prematurely draw conclusions, but added: “The possibility of having a different action or a terror attack, is higher than the possibility of having a technical failure.”



Asked if he could rule out that terrorists were behind the incident, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told reporters: "We cannot exclude anything at this time or confirm anything. All the search operations must be concluded so we can know the cause."



However, there has been "absolutely no indication" so far as to why the plane came down, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday morning.



“The information we have gathered confirms, alas, that this plane has crashed, and it has disappeared”, affirmed François Hollande at a press conference. “No theory is ruled out and none is certain right now.



“When we have the truth we will draw our conclusions; whether this was an accident or something else, perhaps terrorist”, the French president added.



In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama received a briefing on the disappearance from his adviser for homeland security and counter-terrorism, the White House said.



 



Sherif Fathi, Egypt’s aviation minister



 



VANISHED FROM RADAR



Flight MS804 left Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 23:09 local time on Wednesday (21:09 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive in the Egyptian capital soon after 03:15 local time on Thursday.



EgyptAir said the plane had been flying at 37,000ft (11,300m) when it disappeared from radar shortly after entering Egyptian airspace.



Greek aviation officials say air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot when he entered Greek airspace and everything appeared normal.



They tried to contact him again at 02:27 Cairo time, as the plane was set to enter Egyptian airspace, but "despite repeated calls, the aircraft did not respond". Two minutes later it vanished from radar.



 



EGYPT, A TARGET AGAIN



The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers - with one child and two infants among them - and 10 crew, EgyptAir said. They included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals, along with two people from Iraq and one each from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.



With its archaeological sites and Red Sea resorts, Egypt is traditionally a popular destination for Western tourists. But the industry has been badly hit following the downing of the Russian Metrojet flight last October, killing all 224 people on board, as well as by an Islamist insurgency and a string of bomb attacks.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Debris from EgyptAir missing flight found in Alexandria
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Christians in Venezuela: Citizens and children of God Christians in Venezuela: Citizens and children of God

Prayer, truth, dialogue between the parties and justice are some of the actions of the Church in Venezuela.

 
10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu 10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu

After one year in captivity, “the least we can do is to stand with her, to protest and to pray until we see her released”, says Mervyn Thomas of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

 
Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today

In an interview, Lindsay Brown analyses three challenges for the church in Europe and elsewhere and how they can be turned into opportunities for the gospel.

 
Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.