Netanyahu calls Sisi to express condolences over vanished EgyptAir plane

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
May 20, 2016 05:03
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, late Thursday to express Israel's condolences over the disappearance of an EgyptAir flight over the eastern Mediterranean.

An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean on Thursday in a crash that Egypt said may have been caused by a terrorist attack.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation for the crash, including an attack like the one blamed for bringing down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last year. The country's aviation minister said a terrorist attack was more likely than a technical failure.

The Egyptian civil aviation ministry initially said Greek authorities had found "floating material" and life jackets likely to be from the plane, an Airbus A320.

However, late on Thursday EgyptAir Vice President Ahmed Adel told CNN that the wreckage had not been found.

"We stand corrected on finding the wreckage because what we identified is not a part of our plane. So the search and rescue is still going on," Adel said.

Greek defense sources told Reuters the material was discovered in the sea 230 miles (370 km) south of the island of Crete.

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