Sub­ma­rine joins search

Pres­i­dent dis­cusses Egyp­tAir crash

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Egypt’s pres­i­dent said last night a sub­ma­rine be­long­ing to his coun­try’s Oil Min­istry was head­ing to the site of the crash of Egyp­tAir Flight-804 in the east­ern Mediter­ranean to join the search for the cock­pit voice and flight data recorders, com­monly known as black boxes.

Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah El Sissi also said Egypt was jointly in­ves­ti­gat­ing Thurs­day’s crash with the French gov­ern­ment.

“It is very, very im­por­tant to us to es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances that led to the crash of that air­craft,” he said in com­ments broad­cast live on Egyp­tian TV chan­nels.

He said that the sub­ma­rine, which has the ca­pac­ity to op­er­ate at a depth of 3,000m below the sur­face, left for the site yes­ter­day. He gave no fur­ther de­tails.

Mak­ing his first pub­lic com­ments since the crash of the Air­bus A320 while en route from Paris to Cairo, El Sissi said it “will take time” to de­ter­mine the ex­act cause of the crash, which killed all 66 peo­ple on board.

He thanked the na­tions that have joined Egyp­tian navy ships and air­craft in the search for the wreck­age and started his com­ments with a minute of si­lence in re­mem­brance of the victims.

El Sissi also cau­tioned the me­dia against pre­ma­ture spec­u­la­tion on the cause of the crash.

“There is not one sce­nario that we can ex­clu­sively sub­scribe to... all sce­nar­ios are pos­si­ble,” he said.

El Sissi spoke a day af­ter the leak of flight data show­ing trou­ble in the cock­pit and smoke in a lava­tory aboard the doomed air­craft, bring­ing into fo­cus the chaotic final mo­ments of the flight, in­clud­ing a three-minute pe­riod be­fore con­tact was lost as alarms on the plane screeched one af­ter another.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been por­ing over the plane’s pas­sen­ger list and ques­tion­ing staff at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle air­port, where the air­plane took off.

How­ever, of­fi­cials have been cau­tion­ing that it was still too early to say what hap­pened to the air­craft, but mount­ing ev­i­dence points to a sud­den, dra­matic catas­tro­phe.

SCOUR­ING: A naval ves­sel hunts for de­bris at the site of the air dis­as­ter

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