Even as investigators said Saturday that smoke was detected in multiple places inside the EgyptAir flight minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board last week, an intelligence firm said an act of terror cannot be ruled out just because no jihadist group has claimed responsibility thus far.
The French air accident investigation agency said smoke was detected in multiple places in the EgyptAir Flight 804 before Thursday, but the cause remains unclear, according to The Associated Press, which quoted spokesman Sebastien Barthe as saying that the plane's automatic detection system sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before it disappeared from radar while flying over the eastern Mediterranean from Paris to Cairo.
The messages "generally mean the start of a fire," he explained. more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out his suspicions that EgyptAir Flight MS804 which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board on Thursday was the result of a terror attack.
"Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness," Trump Tweeted Thursday in the wake of the incident.
On Friday morning, Egyptian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir confirmed that search jets and naval vessels have discovered "personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris" 180 miles north of Alexandria, though the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. more >>
CAIRO — The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.
The navy said it had found the debris about 290 km (180 miles) north of the coastal city of Alexandria and was sweeping the area in search of the plane's black box recorders.
President Adbel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board, amounting to Cairo's official confirmation of their deaths. more >>
UPDATE: MAY 19, 5 p.m. ET: Debris found near the Greek island of Karpathos thought to be wreckage from flight MS804 did not come from the plane, the head of the Greek air safety authority said late Thursday.
Plane wreckage has not yet been found in the Mediterranean Sea, Athanasios Binis, the head of the Greek air safety authority, told Agence France-Presse. more >>
The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
The hijacker of EgyptAir's flight from Alexandria to Cairo on Tuesday has been arrested, officials have just confirmed.
According to CNN, officials described the 58-year-old perpetrator as "unstable" and though his drama ended with no one getting hurt, fear among the passengers could be felt as the day ended with his arrest.
Farrah El Dibany told the outlet that she had noticed something was wrong since the plane started taking passports from passengers and it was taking too long for the plane to land. "One of the cabin crew told us, 'We are hijacked. We're being hijacked.' There was a lot of panic and crying on the plane," she said. more >>