· Pope Francis sends telegram to President Al Sisi ·
The Egyptian Armed Forces have announced that pieces of the wreckage of the Egyptair plane which disappeared yesterday have been found. According to spokesperson, Brigadier General Mohamed Samir: “on Friday military aircraft and the Egyptian Navy found wreckage of the airplane and passenger items in the area north of Alexandria, 295 km” from the coast. Human remains, two seats and luggage were found in the sea where the search continues. A telegram, signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was sent by the Pope to the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. The commission created to investigate the cause of the crash “will go immediately to the site to examine the wreckage and the two black boxes upon their detection”, according to airport sources in Cairo. The commission is led by Ayman El Mokadem, head of the investigative commission for the Ministry for Civil Aviation who also led the investigation of the Russian charter which exploded in Sinai in October. These experts "will hold meetings with French investigators of Airbus”. The creation of the Committee was announced yesterday by the Office of the President of Egypt.
Three experts of the France's investigative agency BEA and an Airbus technician arrived this morning in Cairo to assist the team already on the group in Egypt. The head of diplomacy announced that tomorrow he will receive the victims families at the Quai d’Orsay.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 18, 2019
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