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Families Mourn Passengers on Egypt missing plane MS804: Live updates

CAIRO — The search for EgyptAir Flight 804 is
continuing after reports that the plane’s
wreckage had been found turned out to be
false hopes.

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Egypt grieves
CNN’s Ian Lee took this photograph of mourners
at Seddiq Mosque in Cairo, where a special prayer
for the victims of Flight 804 was performed after
Friday Prayers.

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Co-pilot’s uncle speaks to CNN
CNN’s Ian Lee in Egypt spoke to Yassir Abdel
Ghaffar, the uncle of the co-pilot lost on Flight
804. He said of his nephew: “He was a very kind
person, in his humanity and sense of humor. What
happened is really very much unfortunate. It is
not only us as a family… the entire country is
really sad about it.”

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Size of debris field unclear
CNN’s Nic Robertson says the size of the debris
field is not yet clear but explained that due to
weaker Mediterranean currents the debris is not
going to spread quite as much as it would in a
large body of water.

When searchers got close to debris found in
the Mediterranean Sea they realized it didn’t
come from the missing airliner, EgyptAir’s
Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel told CNN.

The Airbus A320, which had 66 people on
board, disappeared early Thursday as it flew
from Paris to Cairo. Earlier Adel told CNN’s
Christiane Amanpour that the plane’s
wreckage had been found.

“We stand corrected on finding the wreckage
because what we identified is not a part of our
plane. So the search and rescue is still going
on,” Adel told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake
Tapper.”

Adel said EgyptAir is not involved in the
search and is getting its information from
Greek authorities and the Egyptian military, but
he didn’t give details on why the debris found
in the water was said to be from the plane or
how that information was gathered.
The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10
crew and security officers.

Earlier, a spokesman for Greece’s Hellenic
National Defense general staff had said an
Egyptian search aircraft spotted two floating
objects 210 nautical miles southeast of Crete.
It’s unclear whether those objects were part of
the wreckage described by Adel.
Speculation has centered on the possibility of
a terrorist attack.

“It’s very difficult to come up with a scenario
that jibes with some sort of catastrophic
failure. (The evidence so far) leads us down
the road to a deliberate act.,” CNN aviation
analyst Miles O’Brien said.

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