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La_Serpiente Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 06:48 AM
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No Survivors Reported in Egyptian Crash: 135 people killed
No Survivors Reported in Egyptian Crash

CAIRO, Egypt - A charter airliner carrying 148 people mostly French tourists crashed into the Red Sea on Saturday shortly after taking off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, officials said. No survivors were reported.

The military sent helicopters and small patrol boats into an area full of floating suitcases and other debris to search for survivors, but only one body had been pulled from the water several hours after the crash.

The Boeing 737 jet, which disappeared from radar after it took off shortly before 5 a.m., was headed to Cairo for a crew change before continuing to Paris. No distress call was made, airport officials said on customary condition of anonymity.

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No Survivors Reported in Egyptian Crash

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Flagg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 06:50 AM
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1. 135 French people killed...

The Freepers must be overjoyed

:puke:
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 07:02 AM
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2. Ah yes, this will be a day of cerebration in freeperland.
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NV1962 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 09:24 PM
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8. Close: the really heinous stuff is removed there
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 10:10 AM
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4. They don't know about it yet
Edited on Sat Jan-03-04 10:11 AM by gristy
The news isn't posted.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 10:24 AM
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5. Yep... "will of God..."
Fucking pathetic.
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Torgo4 Donating Member (208 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 09:51 AM
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3. Kudos To Al Jazeera--No Mention of US Troops At Sharm-El Sheik
Sinai South Camp has about 800 lightly armed US light infantry troops as part of the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) monitoring the Camp David Peace Accords since 1981. About 15 kms from Sharm!
I think it's a National Guard unit.


Saturday 03 January 2004, 17:04 Makka Time, 14:04 GMT
France has asked prosecutors to open a preliminary inquiry for manslaughter following the crash of a plane in the Red Sea that killed 148 people, most of them French.
The Justice Ministry said on Saturday the request "does not prejudge in any way the causes of the catastrophe", but simply provides a legal framework for French and Egyptian investigators as they conduct their probe.
The Egyptian Boeing 737 airliner crashed into the Red Sea on Saturday morning all 148 people on board.
Flight 8604 disappeared from radar screens shortly after take-off at 04:44 (02:44 GMT) from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Shaikh.
Children aboard
"All people who were aboard the plane are dead," Usama al-Sayid, a senior official with Flash Air, the private company which owned the plane, told reporters on Saturday.
"There were 135 French tourists aboard as well as 13 Egyptians, six of them crew members," said another Flash Air official asking not to be identified.
The plane had arrived from Venice with Italian tourists aboard and took off again an hour later. It was due to make a short stopover in Cairo to refuel before continuing to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris."
Many children were aboard the plane, said French airport official Michel Clerel, who is in charge of counselling for relatives of the victims, said: "Yes many. They were spending their holidays with their families."
A family of seven was aboard the plane, Clerel told reporters
'Entirely technical'
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Ahmad Muhamad Shafiq Zaki said the cause of the crash was "entirely technical".
"Hopefully we will arrive at the final reason and I confirm
once again that the reason is entirely technical," Zaki said in an interview broadcast on state television.
The Egyptian civil aviation ministry said earlier that "technical failure" appears to have caused the crash and no explosions were heard.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Mahir categorically ruled out terrorism. "The incident is absolutely not the result of a terrorist act, but is linked to a technical failure of the plane," Mahir told journalists.
Little wreckage
Pieces of wreckage from the plane were found in the sea about 15 kms south of the popular beach destination.
The military sent helicopters and small patrol boats into an area full of floating suitcases and other debris but no survivors had been found.
"There are no survivors at all," a member of the rescue team told reporters by telephone from a boat out at sea. "There is lots of personal stuff, small bags and toys. We have collected very small pieces of the plane but the body of the plane has sunk," he said.
Many relatives of the deceased headed to Flash Air offices in Cairo to get more details about the victims, Aljazeera's correspondent in Cairo reported.
"A special plane is due to transfer the relatives to Sharm al-Sheikh," the correspondent added.
Chirac's 'shock'
French President Jacques Chirac telephoned his Egyptian
counterpart Hosni Mubarak to obtain details of the crash and
expressed his "deepest shock" at the tragedy, his office said.
In France, Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport officials were comforting a group of people who had been awaiting friends and relatives from the plane.
Ambulances were on hand as the waiting group was ushered onto a bus, and taken to an airport hotel to be given more information on the disaster.
Journalists were kept at a distance by airport staff.
Victims
The last major crash involving an Egyptian plane took place in May 2002, when a Boeing 767 of the state airline EgyptAir crashed near Tunis airport, killing 15 people.
In October 1999, an EgyptAir Boeing 767 dived into the sea off Nantucket, Massachusetts, in the USA killing all 217 people on board.
Sharm al-Shaikh
The Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Shaikh is a popular destination for tourists and divers from around the world and Egypt's favourite place to showcase its role as Middle East peace-broker.
Tucked between the mountains of the Sinai desert and the clear waters of the Red Sea, the glitzy strip of golden beaches, hotels and casinos, dive resorts and golf courses attracts many of the two million visitors to Egypt each year.
Sharm al-Shaikh, lavishly advertised as the heart of the Red Sea riviera at the southern tip of the Sinai where the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba meet, is also important for Egypt as a symbol of sovereignty regained in the Sinai.
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 12:20 PM
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6. Up to 148 dead. msnbc says no terrorism- LINK
Edited on Sat Jan-03-04 12:22 PM by party_line
How can they *possibly* rule out terrorism this soon? Couldn't it be made to appear mechanical to keep everyone off balance and frightened?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3863886/
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NV1962 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 09:17 PM
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7. TWA 800 anyone?
Pile of links on that forgotten "mysterious non-terrorist crash" if you click on this...

Speaking of skepsis: what became of the investigation of the Anthrax attacks?
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