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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the news of the dis­ap­pear­ance and sus­pected crash of Egyp­tAir Flight 804 over the Mediter­ranean Sea. The flight de­parted Paris on Wed­nes­day night and crossed into Greek airspace with­out any prob­lems, but mo­ments af­ter en­ter­ing Egyp­tian airspace at 2:37 a.m., the plane made a se­ries of wild turns, plung­ing 22,000 feet and dis­ap­pear­ing from radars, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. The cause is not yet known, but Egyp­tian of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day that the like­li­hood the crash was a re­sult of ter­ror­ism was “higher” than it was for a tech­ni­cal fail­ure of some kind, the New York Times re­ported. Avi­a­tion safety ex­perts said that such sud­den move­ments were highly un­usual at any phase of flight and sug­gested some kind of in-flight emer­gency. Un­for­tu­nately, it ap­pears that this flight, which was car­ry­ing 66 peo­ple in­clud­ing some young chil­dren, may be the lat­est ca­su­al­ties in the Western world’s fight against ter­ror­ism.

To the death of jour­nal­ist Mor­ley Safer, who most prob­a­bly know as the long­time vet­eran voice on CBS’ “60 min­utes.” Safer was a true tal­ent, who helped to re­frame the role of war cor­re­spon­dents dur­ing his in­fa­mous Cam Ne as­sign­ment with a U.S. Marine Corps unit in the Viet­nam War, giv­ing the Amer­i­can pub­lic a look at the harsh re­al­i­ties of the South­east Asian war. He worked for “60 Min­utes” for over 60 years, earn­ing 12 Emmy Awards along the way and re­tired just days be­fore his death on Thurs­day. God­speed Mor­ley, now you can rest.

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