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EgyptAir black boxes impossible to recover before 12 days

Cairo - Investigators into EgyptAir's plane crash need at least 12 days to recover its black boxes as they await a ship that can retrieve them from the bottom of the Mediterranean, investigation sources said Sunday.

Private firm hired to hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

Cairo - Egypt has hired a private firm to help find EgyptAir MS804's black boxes in an area narrowed down by an emergency signal sent when it hit the Mediterranean last week.

Deep-water search for EgyptAir black boxes to start 'in coming days': France's BEA

Paris - Deep-water search operations to locate the wreckage and black boxes of the EgyptAir jet that plunged into the Mediterranean last week will start in the coming days, France's BEA air safety agency said Thursday.

Hundreds in candlelight vigil for EgyptAir crash victims

Cairo - Hundreds of people gathered Thursday in Cairo for a candlelight vigil for the 66 people killed last week when an EgyptAir plane crashed into the Mediterranean in mysterious circumstances.

Private firms to hunt for Egyptair black boxes: France

Paris - France and Egypt will hire two private firms to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week on route from from Paris to Cairo, the French foreign ministry has said."We are in talks with two private companies...

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

Nicosia - Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union's members of fuelling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday.

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

Nicosia - Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union's members of fuelling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday.

DNA samples taken as searchers hunt for EgyptAir plane

Cairo - Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims Tuesday to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, as investigators hunt for clues into the mysterious crash.

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam seeks to balance tradition and modernity

Cairo - Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who had a historic meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, has been on a mission to update Islamic thought while championing classical scholarship against jihadist ideologues.

Search on for clues in EgyptAir crash

Cairo - Egypt enlisted a submersible Sunday to search the Mediterranean seabed for the black boxes of EgyptAir MS804, hoping the recorders would determine whether the plane crash was an accident or attack.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Cairo - Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers as to why it crashed.

Greek jets scrambled to US plane after EgyptAir crash: source

Atenas - Greece scrambled fighter jets to monitor a US passenger plane that failed to identify itself when entering Greek airspace this week, an official said Saturday, confirming media reports.

Smoke doesn't reveal what caused EgyptAir crash, experts say

Paris - Smoke detected in the cabin shortly before EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean suggests there was a fire on board, but is not enough to establish the cause of the disaster, experts said Saturday.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Cairo - Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers about why it crashed.

'No theories ruled out' on EgyptAir crash after smoke report

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday that no theory on the cause of the EgyptAir crash has been ruled out, after revelations of smoke in the cabin minutes before the disaster."At this time...

Alerts indicate smoke on doomed EgyptAir flight: Reports

Washington - Egyptian authorities were investigating reports late Friday that there was smoke on the doomed EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo shortly before it crashed into the Mediterranean.

Paris airport renews security crackdown after EgyptAir crash

- French investigators are checking again for security flaws at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after Thursday's EgyptAir crash, despite already stripping hundreds of employees of their security clearance since last year's jihadist attacks.

Plane crash prolongs Egypt's economic misery

Cairo - Egypt's latest air disaster is another crushing blow to a country whose tourism-dependent economy is struggling to recover from years of jihadist attacks and political turmoil, analysts said.

Satellite spots possible oil slick near EgyptAir crash site: ESA

Den Haag - A European Space Agency satellite has spotted a possible oil slick near the site where a missing EgyptAir plane is believed to have crashed with 66 people on board, ESA said Friday."According to the satellite image, the slick...

Cyprus begins extradition of EgyptAir hijacking accused

Nicosia - Legal proceedings to extradite a man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir plane and diverting it to the Mediterranean island officially got under way on Friday.

Body part, seats, luggage found in EgyptAir search: Greek minister

Atenas - A body part, seats and one or more items of luggage were found Friday by crews searching for the wreckage of an EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed in the Mediterranean, Greece's defence minister said.

Greek air safety authorities deny EgyptAir wreckage found

Atenas - The head of the Greek air safety authority on Thursday told AFP that wreckage found in the Mediterranean close to where an EgyptAir passenger jet is thought to have crashed "does not come from a plane".

The disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804: A timeline

Cairo - Below is a timeline of the main developments since an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the sea on Thursday with 66 people aboard.All times are GMT, except where stated.

Air-sea search intensifies for missing EgyptAir plane

Cairo - A massive search was under way Thursday for the wreckage of an EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, in what the Egyptian authorities said may have been an act of terrorism.

EgyptAir crash: What we know

Paris - French experts confirmed Saturday that smoke had been detected in the cabin of an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the eastern Mediterranean carrying 66 people, but what brought it down remains a mystery. Here is what we know so far:What happened?

France sending investigators, technical expert to help EgyptAir probe: government

Paris - France is sending three investigators to Cairo along with a technical expert from Airbus, to join the probe into the EgyptAir flight that crashed Thursday, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said.

'No problem' mentioned by EgyptAir pilot in last contact: Greek official

Atenas - The pilot of an EgyptAir flight that vanished over the eastern Mediterranean early Thursday with 66 people on board, had "not mentioned a problem" in his final contact, the Greek civil aviation said.

Terror attack a possibility in EgyptAir crash: Experts

Paris - Several scenarios could explain the mysterious crash of the EgyptAir flight into the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, but experts say a terror attack is a distinct possibility.

EgyptAir plane fell 22,000 feet, swerved sharply: Greek minister

Atenas - An EgyptAir flight lost early Thursday over the eastern Mediterranean with 66 people on board fell 22,000 feet and swerved sharply in Egyptian airspace before it disappeared from radar screens, Greece's defence minister said.

EgyptAir Paris to Cairo flight disappears from radar: Airline

Cairo - A search and rescue operation was under way Thursday after an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with 66 people on board vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo, the airline said.
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