Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy spoke at a post Egypt Air flight MS804 crash press conference, opining that yesterday’s airline disaster is more than likely due to a (Muslim) terrorist attack rather than to some mechanical failure. Thanks to RT and Vlad Tepes for the video.
Over at the mirror.co.uk reporter Nigel Thompson is calling this crash a probable terrorist attack – and the final nail in the coffin for Egypt’s tourism industry. Thompson writes:
Obviously we do not know the exact cause of the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804 over the Med, but sadly the early signs do all point to an act of terror.
Planes are extremely complex machines and of course they do sometimes crash .
But it’s extremely rare that they do, and it’s mostly during take-off and landing and often down to mechanical failure, adverse weather and pilot error.
Only around 10 per cent of aviation accidents are in what is termed the ‘cruise’ stage, when the plane is basically flying itself on autopilot at a cruising altitude of typically 35,000ft to 40,000ft with the flight deck crew monitoring progress and ready to intervene immediately if there’s an issue…
…The [Egyptian] tourist industry clearly took a huge hit after the 2011 revolution.
Then the crash of the Russian holiday jet in North Sinai on October 31, 2015 was a hammer blow, as European airlines stopped flying to Sharm el-Sheikh on the advice of governments over fears that security at the airport had been compromised and a bomb was smuggled on board.
And in January three Western tourists were stabbed by suspected Islamic State militants at a Hurghada hotel; thankfully the holidaymakers were not seriously injured…
…The Egyptian Tourism Authority and the country’s government have been working extremely hard in recent months to rebuild confidence and demonstrate the country is safe to visit for Western holidaymakers.
Unfortunately, it appears this dreadful incident demonstrates it is probably not; or at least flying there carries a real risk…
…Sorry, there’s no way I am flying there any time soon.
Meanwhile I have well-traveled friends here in the United States who have reconsidered vacation plans and they know other friends who have cancelled plans for European vacations. I can’t blame them.