It’s a scene of carnage in the Mediterranean. But it holds invaluable clues that investigators are hoping unravel the mystery behind the deadly crash.
Egyptian air and naval forces have spotted body parts among passengers’ personal belongings and other debris from EgyptAir flight 804 that crashed Wednesday, killing 66 passengers and crew who were en route from Paris to Cairo, the Egyptian army and Greek defense minister said Friday.
It is not yet known what caused the crash but some experts and officials have indicated terrorism is most likely.
Greece’s defense minister Panos Kammenos said Greek authorities received notification that Egyptian authorities had spotted the body part, two seats and suitcases during their search in the Mediterranean for the wreckage of the Airbus 320. The plane disappeared off radar at 2.45 a.m. local time Thursday morning.
The debris was found around 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of the coastal city of Alexandria, Egyptian army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. The Egyptian military continued to search for further debris from the downed passenger jet, he said.
France, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and the UK had all joined the Egyptian search effort, Egypt’s defense ministry said. Authorities had been scouring a wide area south of the Greek island of Crete.
A team of Egyptian investigators led by Ayman el-Mokadam — along with French and British investigators and an expert from Airbus — will inspect what the army has found, Egyptian officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
The office of Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, issued a statement expressing its condolences to the relatives of the 66 killed. It said the presidency “expressed its deep regret and sadness for the victims” of EgyptAir flight 804. “God give great mercy and host them in his heaven,” it added.
The statement marked the first official recognition by Egypt’s government that the missing plane had crashed.
On Thursday, Kammenos said that the plane swerved wildly before plummeting into the sea.
The Egyptian military said that no distress call was received from the pilot. The country’s aviation minister Sherif Fathi said the likelihood the plane was brought down by a terror attack is “higher than the possibility of a technical failure.”
Yet France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault asserted Friday on France-2 television that there is “absolutely no indication” of what caused the crash.
The junior minister for transport, Alain Vidalies, said on France-Info radio that “no theory is favored” at this stage and urged “the greatest caution.”
Amid fears the plane was downed by an extremist attack, Vidalies defended security at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, saying staff badges are revoked if there is the slightest security doubt.
Families of the victims spent the night in a hotel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, while they awaited the news of their loved ones. Egyptian officials said some arrived from Paris late Thursday, among them eight relatives of the 15 French passengers on board the missing jet.
Later Friday, relatives of four of the victims held prayers for the dead at Sultan Hussein Mosque in Cairo. Some of them cried as they prayed.
Among those killed were Salah Abu Laban, his wife Sahar Qouidar, their son Ghassan Abu Laban and daughter-in-law Reem al-Sebaei.
“I ask God for forgiveness. This is very hard for the family,” a relative, Abdel-Rahman al-Nasry, told The Associated Press.
Magdi Badr, a family friend, said, “we pray for the victims.”
On Thursday, officials said the plane had veered during its last moments in flight — an erratic course that suggested a number of possible explanations for the crash, including a catastrophic mechanical or structural failure, a bombing, or a struggle over the controls with a hijacker in the cockpit.
Egyptian security officials said they were running background checks on the passengers to see if any had links to extremists.
Pilot Mohammed Shoukair was experienced by Egyptian standards, with 6,275 flying hours. His co-pilot Ahmed Assem had clocked in 2,101 flying hours.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
EEL RIVER says
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THE OBUMBA COMMIE GOVT WANTS TO LET MILLIONS OF THESE MURDERIN SWINE INTO OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, WITH OUT SO MUCH A PIECE OF PAPER WITH THEIR NAME ON IT!
Roy A Koch says
Of Course he does, they’re his “Bros”!
Oh don’t worry…..’HUESSIN’ has appointed a Muslim to head our U.S. Citizenship Department.
And ‘Hell’ary is using these people for votes and is owned by them. She will the death of the USA.
Scott Campbell says
I think his “mission”, as put forth by his muslime bosses, is to bring in as many terrorists as he can sneak in.
Oh No!! You are not blaming ‘peaceful’ Muslims again are you? This must have been an insane Muslim who did this as the Quran preaches peace (for sane Muslims) and death only to Infidels. Out of every 100 atrocities committed in the world, 99.999999 % are committed by ‘peaceful’ Muslims. I must be stupid as I can see no connection between terrorists, Islam and Muslims. These Muslims must be rogue DIY people?
obuma is a cock-sucking/ devil worshiping muslim and have no idea what bathroom this fag should be using!
Roy A Koch says
But we all know which one Moochie should be using!
Good one Patrick. You are thinking exactly like me and millions of other Americans.
Yes and he is behind the desire to bring America down to a 3rd world country. What is wrong with the republican conservatives they should have impeached this jerk long ago. They should know that we the American people are fed up.
John Strom says
WE have [to our undying regret] a gutless Paul Ryan as speaker of the House. He needs to be removed and voted OUT of office.
Support Paul Nehren who is running AGAINST Paul Ryan in the primary. Nehren is a patriot, a Tea Party conservative and is being backed by Sarah Palin. Send him a few $$$ if you possibly can. We need to get that idiot Paul Ryan OUT of the House and OUT of the speakership. He’s a bum.
There is also another patriot, Dr. Kelli Ward, who is running in the Arizona primary to replace John McCain who is another liberal pretending to be a Republican. He isn’t a patriot – he’s a RINO. If you can send Kelli Ward a few $$$ we can primary BOTH Ryan and McCain. That would be fabulous
Donald Trump – 2016 AND 2020
Just finished leaving a donation on his page which I will tell you is very hard to find!!
I keep asking my representative why have you all not impeached him yet? I do not get a response. Something is going on up there that we are not seeing???
Yep. That something is called PC.
Well, one guess would be that everyone has something hanging over their heads that could be used against them. The other is the cushy pensions and perks that they are used to. The last is death threats if they leave, or speak out.
Sorry, I am referring to the house of representatives, congress, Pentagon etc.
Why don’t we buy them all a ticket on the next Egyptian plane to Cairo?
Then let Trump select all NEW Senate, House and Congress.
And make them live by the same rules and retirement they want for the rest of the USA citizenry.
“follow the money”
S A says
My opinion…but I think they fear for their lives! This seems to be the best idea I have heard!
SERGE E says
I Agree, where are our Republicans ????????????
obama has just done as he pleases and we wonder W H Y ???????????????????
what are our congressmen doing besides complaining about the sizes or their checks??????
I agree with you 100%.
The people in congress now are complicit in allowing Obama to serve as president in the first place. So they have to protect him in order for them to keep their jobs. This is sad but true. That is why we must get rid of all RINOs and put true conservatives in their place. No more Democrats and no more RINOs. Go Trump, 2016, because Hillary will finish the job Obama has done to our country. ObamaCare must be repealed, Amnesty must not pass, and number one, the borders must be closed to all illegals. Plus, the ones living here on an expired visa must be hunted down and departed immediately.
I meant to say “deported” not “departed”. Automatic finishing of words you are tying is not good some times.
These are indeed dangerous times and our borders should be closed for a time so we can insure a more protective security
for our regaining true greatness and honor. Mr.Trump will work with us to make this happen.
I am praying he wins! If a liberal gets in, the US is finished.
Obama has created the separation amount races so he can complete his communist agenda. Egyptian plane that crashed was probably terriorist. Until we can stand up getting others behind us & get really tough, it will only get worse. And to think we are making deals & giving these countries that hate us billions, robbing our own economy. Bring refugees, letting illegals rob our economy. Enough is Enough!!!
Louis Young says
Never have the president of the United States
Been so disrespected as the idiots that post the vile statements about Obama. Most of the gains that he has proposed went to the benefit of their well being. It is a sad day that idiots have feel the way that they do. I hope that God will forgive them because they will have to pay for the evil thoughts.
Sincerely, Louis Young
Most of the gains when to their well being – whose well being?
Pretty obvious, it must have gone to: Louis Young. She probably lives on the our taxes and will probably vote for Hitlery Clit-en. She should get a job like the rest of us and stop sucking off the fat of OUR hard earned money.
@Louis Young. I pray that God will forgive the racists who voted for an American traitor because of his color.
Louis Young says
For 40 years you and your kind have voted for your color. Hell yes I voted for him not only because he was more qualified than that former president, that started a war that destroyed a country. I would vote for him agan if he could run. People like you are willing to cut off your nose to spite your ugly mug (face)
I did not vote for this Muslim and it had nothing to do with color.I would like to know what qualifications he had then and what qualifications he has now. I have no idea of what gains you are talking about, he has cost everyone more money, Oh yes, he & his has gained how many lavish vacations for his whole tribe? It’s people like you who vote for color & party that causes our problems.
The only and obvious qualifications of the Obamination is that he is the absolute perfect person on this Earth that can destroy a country so thoroughly and completely.
Kennedy said: I will put a man on the “MOON”.
Obumber said: I will put a man in the women’s bathrooms.
A Natural Born Citizen says
Lois, people who think like you are the reason that the country is in the sorry shape that it is in today. If you voted for Obama just because he has dark skin, then you as big a racist as anyone else. Which half did you vote for, his black half or his white half?
It is unbelievable how stupid so many Americans are, no wonder we are 29th in scholastic standing world wide. The Democrat Party and the Republican Party at the top, as well as down into the masses is nothing but “One Globalist/Communist Controlled Party”. Research the history of both during the 1840s -1860s, and then remissness over the last 30 years!
Pam Conley says
What gains? Name them and be spacific. Are we safer? Is our military stronger? How’s that National Debt? Oh yes and tell me about America being more united. Hmmmm…seems like Obummer hasn’t done a thing but stand up for Iran and radical musslems. Tell us what he has done that has made things better? No Bush bashing or blaming. I’m talking about the last 7 1/2 years.
You need to think and talk about the last 30 years, because that is where the strongest evidence that the US has been under attack for over a hundred years lies!
Apparently you were not alive during the Bush years.
What do you expect ?
Both pilots were named Mohammad and the liberals keep telling themselves that it’s a “peaceful” religion.
They are brainwashed, starting at birth. They have one goal. To reach their so called “virgins”.
Things will continue to happen UNLESS people WAKE UP!
America NEEDS Donald TRUMP!!! Atleast HE ADMITS there IS a PROBLEM!!
And so many people keep saying that Obama hasn’t commented. Of course he hasn’t!! They are his people
“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds turn in an ugly direction.” Barrack Obama – Paperback edition of “Audacity of Hope” Page 261
When talking about Muslims, you should be making a distinction between peaceful Muslims and the Wahhabis, people call this Wahhabism. Saudis, by the way, never say, “We are Wahhabis.” They say, “We are just Muslims.” But they follow the teachings, and the major booklets taught in all schools are the books of Muhammed bin Abd al-WahhabWahabbis. If you really want to understand before you start condemning all Muslim People, you should understand the difference, just as so many that call themselves Christians think it is right to send our military to other nations and kill, destroy their infrastructure, the Wahhabis are no different, and one should research the history of the wars between Brittan and the Ottoman Empire, and the fact that Brittan asked the Arabians for their help in defeating and driving the Turks out of the region, and the promises Brittan made the Arabs if they would, think “Lawrence of Arabia”! Maybe then one will understand that not all Muslims are violent, “Think Saudi Arabia”!
John Topper says
To: EEL RIVER, Patrick and Larry
Haters gotta Hate!
EEL RIVER says
THERE WAS NO HATE INFERRED, NO NAME CALLING, JUST PLAIN OL FACTS. I DID NOTHING TO PROMOTE THEIR ACTIONS. THERE CULT DID. I DIDNT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THESE FOLKS THAT WASNT TRUE. IF YOU SHOOT PEOPLE, BLOW UP AIRCRAFT, PLANT BOMBS. JUST WHAT WOULD YOU CALL THEM? BROTHER? THESE FOLKS ARE SUM REAL SICK SWINE, ILL BET YOU WOULDNT BE INFERRING THAT I MIGHT BE A HATER, IF SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU WAS ON THE PLANE THAT WAS BLOWN OUT OF THE SKY! HELL YOU MAY HATE ME! BUT I REALY DONT CARE.
To: Eel River
Don’t waste your breath. You can’t talk sense to a liberal.
I wish they’d send them all over to Germany and Greece to live in a ‘no go zone’.
EEL RIVER says
THANK YOU PAMELA.
THESE PEOPLE ARE REALY SICK. JUST LOOK AT THEIR CULTURE, THEY HAVE BEEN WITH US SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME, BUT HAVE NOT PROGRESSED, SAME OL 7 TH CENTURY BS. STONING SHUNNING CUTTIN OF ARMS PUTTING OUT EYES, BEATING WOMEN. CHILD RAPE. SEEMS THEIR ISNT ANYTHING POSITIVE IN THE WHOLE CULT. AND YOU THINK IM A HATER! THAT IS SUM SICK TWISTED [email protected]).
Right on, Eel,
One hour over there with the Muslims and they would be screaming to come back.
Honoring the vets who served our Nation! says
Maybe Muslims should not be airline pilots, presidents or head of anything.
Problems seem to circle around the common denominator of this so called religion of_____.
You don’t see Buddhists or the Christians with the same issues- so people better wake up, it’s all coming from the same bad people. And no there are not just a few bad, as they don’t ever seem to rat out the bad ones, they will say they “don’t condone it” but they never stop it or punish it. Those are just words used to appease the word. Those evils are the masters of word choices, let me give you a few
1) religion of peace, this is a joke beyond joke, it’s a totally lie- Called propoganda 101. Say it over and over until it becomes the truth, I think Joseph goebbels mastered this lie program. You see they can never have peace because they beat their wives for fun, they honor kill thier children- what honor is it to kill your daughter because I she won’t marry the neighborhood perverts? And many more too much to meniton
2) they infiltrate other nations and everywhere they seem to go they spread hate, their entire towns turn into slums and even police won’t go there, and they love to infiltrate, everywhere they go they spread hate and the town,neighborhood or state becomes a hot bed for evil and totally destroyed. Because when you live to hate, you have nothing in your heart to learn. So you can’t succeed at anything, except destruction.
3) they have no ability to assimilate, they don’t want to assimilate they only want to hate and kill others not like them, that does not sound peaceful.
4) they hate gays and why is that? And what they do to gays is diabolical.
5) they insist you take on their religion- it’s the only one, well I hate to inform them but other religions don’t do that- you don’t see Buddhists killing peopel not Buddhists. So this too is mental thinking from cults.
6) they pray and moan and groan as theatrics – I don’t know about your God but my god does not punish me if I am working 2 jobs and miss a day of prayer- he does not tell me to be a actor and do it in front of others as to making a statement. My god is happy I pray in private and it’s between me and him- as it should be.
7) as you can see if you abuse your family, you hate your neighbor do you really like yourself? How can you be a kind religious person if you spread hate and abuse everyone in your path?
Now if you look up the difference between religion and cults you wil find a few things:
– religions allow you to come and go, leave and never return, they don’t punish you if you leave and they don’t threaten you. They allow you to try out a religion to see if you like it. Vs cults, they don’t let you try it out and they have a bully mentality, they punish you, they often give you new names and they have mind control of various abuses, they divide you and they punish you if you don’t obey. Usually a physical punishment, they inflict fear
– religions have kindness and cults live for hate
– religions help others even people not like them (such as handing water out to the poor regardless of affiliate or painting thier homes Etc) vs cults claim to help others but it’s only others in their same group and the funds are used secretly. You don’t see them helping poor they only help people who they want to promote. They never help others not like them. It’s not part of thier code. They are more like a secret society.
– religions need money to survive and they use it for all sorts of things, vs cults use money for evil- they fund to do harm- they actually send out people to search out others who have left the group and get rid of them permanently. They don’t want thier system exposed as to what is really going on.
– religions are normally happy people who love and care about others and have friends of various religions or non religions. Vs cults usually walk around sulking or have a mean look on them and do not normally associate with others not like them unless it’s to cover their plan (the Russians did this, they made thier people assimilate only to blend in, until they were called out todo harm) we see this with the latest attack on America when the California killers pretended to go to a Christmas party for work, then came back to kill. They tried to assimilate to cover thier real agenda, but that was part of the plan to destroy as many non beleivers as possible, this plan was initiated long ago and you will find most “mothers” are the ring leaders and always claim they had nothing to do with it. But I don’t think anyone could be blind to thousands of ammo deliveries and where did the money come from to buy all these guns and ammo? When you make modest income you don’t have another $60 k laying around and the deliveries to the hoseu would have been obvious along with the long nights building the bombs in the garage. It was all known and planned.
There is a difference and once people see the propoganda they will understand.
Hey people, I agree with a lot of what you say. Take a look at our prison systems! Unfortunately I spent time in the New York System, 10 years, The Democrats, (African Americans) , majority have joined the Muslim organization, cult, gang or whatever one might call it. All it is in the big house, is a way to get special treatment from staff. It’s protection for sex offenders and deviants who will join and pay for protection from the Muslim cult. It’s nothing about religion. It’s about hate for the white man, and total disregard for rules. The Muslims will take over this country before the Chinese do.
I wouldn’t even trust them to care for my barn animals. And they pilot aircraft?? Where many lives are in danger.
You never know what they think or believe. You don’t know which ones believe what. So.. The only choice is to profile. And that’s a sad reality. But it’s a fact. There is evil amongst them. And the so called “good ones” will never ever rat out or speak out against the bad ones. Because in their “book” – they are all taught the same thing.
And you never know when the “good ones” are going to cross the line and be brainwashed enough to become one of the bad ones. And I don’t think any of them are stable enough to be able to declare it won’t happen.
I don’t trust any of them. Sorry folks. Reality. And it’s real
Right on, Awake,
I am a pilot and will not fly any commercial airplane with a Muslim in, or near the cockpit.
And anyone with even a half of a cell in their cerebral cortex wouldn’t either.
Louis Young says
The really bad comments that have been said about our sitting president resemble the comments that people in the south that wear pointy hats and sheets over their body to conceal their identity. The same ones that burn church’s and tote the bible in the name of god. We should be well past that kind of thinking. How about trying to do something positive instead of trying to tear down.
Russ Winn says
You sir don’t have a clue! I have been reading your comments…
Will not any more because they are nothing but “more shit out of the mouth of a racist !” This is what Obama wants, do you think you comments help? If you do your dumber then you sound! I’ll spend no more time on them…..wasted time I will never get back!
Christianity has had and always will have wars…..but Christians are the most persecuted of all religions. I am not a muslum, never read the krann
so I am uninformed of the content. All I can say that I do know is a true Christian would not mass kill, defines mass murder as such, and fears not even death. As far as the airbus crash….i lift prayers for everyone involved…including Obama. Frankly he needs to smoke a big fatty and go flying around with his muslum buddies.
He might just shat himself….????
EEL RIVER says
THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE POINTY HATS AN WEAR SHEETS, CARRY A BIBLE ARE DEMOCRATS, LIBERAL PC COMMIES. ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO LIGHT BEFORE, AND IT HASNT CHANGED. OBUMBA HAS JUST MADE IT WORSE! CONSERVATIVES DIDNT MAKE JIM CROW LAWS. ALWAYS LOOK INTO YOUR SELF, BEFORE LOOKING INTO OTHERS.
It was Democrats and Republicans that sent our troops into the Middle East to destroy the homes and lives of a people that were doing nothing to us, it was the Republicans with the support of the Democrats that lied about who did 911, and who did Oklahoma City, and who did the Paris Bombing. Both of these parties are controlled by the Globalist, Jewish Bankers, and the Mega Corporations that care nothing for anyone or anything except making money and gaining power over everything and everybody, it was the same people that created WWI and WWII, and they will use the people of the world against each other for their own gain!
I am a Commercial pilot of 36 years and would never fly with a M&%lim in or near the cockpit of a plan I was flying or flying in.