Pakistan offers condolence over EgyptAir tragedy


ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan on Friday expressed grief on the death of 66 passengers in EgypAir tragedy.


“The people and Government of Pakistan are shocked and grieved on the death of 66 passengers and Crew Members of EgyptAir flight MS804 in the early hours of 19 May, 2016 over the Mediterranean,” the Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement.

“We offer our sincere condolences and share the sorrow of the families of the victims who lost their lives in this tragic incident,” he said.

The spokesperson further said that in this hour of grief, the people of Pakistan stand with the brotherly people of Egypt and all those countries whose citizens lost their lives in the tragedy.

Earlier, wreckage including seats and luggage from EgyptAir Flight 804 were spotted in the eastern Mediterranean as investigators tried to unravel why the plane turned sharply and plunged into the sea.

While Egypt’s aviation minister has pointed to terrorism as more likely than technical failure, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said there was “absolutely no indication” of why the plane went down.

“We’re looking at all possibilities,” he said, as reports indicated there had been smoke on board and an apparent problem with the flight control system just before it went down.

The disaster comes just seven months after the bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State militant group over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula in October that killed all 224 people on board.

Families of the 66 people aboard the EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo gathered at a hotel near the Egyptian capital’s airport after meeting airline officials as they struggled to come to terms with the catastrophe.