Sharif Fathi, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister, spoke with the press moments ago regarding the newest developments in EgyptAir Flight MS804, which disappeared en route from Paris to Cairo Wednesday night.
The Minister warned against false information in the press, and pleaded with the world’s media organizations to exercise caution before relaying information. “There are a lot of predictions, and some of them are contradicting each other [sic]. So I ask everybody: let’s stop doing this… let’s do our work the right way,” he pleaded. Fathi also indicated that it is simply “too early” in the process to make ties to terror, and that the sensitivities surrounding the families of the 66 people on board must be respected.
“We focus on the families,” said Fathi through a translation, indicating that the Cairo airport has many families of the passengers gathered simply looking for answers. He continued in his remarks that the families of passengers in France will also receive tickets to fly to Egypt as search and rescue efforts continue. “We have a special team dedicated to this mission,” Fathi continued.
Although information is still coming in regarding the flight which went missing at 37,000 feet, French President Francois Hollande indicated that the plane crashed. Fathi in his remarks would not go quite as far, simply indicating that the plane was still “missing.”
Watch the press conference above via CNN.
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