UK, U.S. Ban Electronic Devices On Flights

UK, U.S. Ban Electronic Devices On FlightsThe United States and United Kingdom have announced a new ban on laptops on passenger flights from the Middle East and some North African countries.

The British ban, which was announced a few hours after the American ban, was similar but applied to different airlines.

According to the UK, airline passengers on 14 carriers would not be able to carry laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

In its reaction, Turkey condemned the U.S. ban as wrong, and advised it be reversed.

The nine airlines affected by the U.S. ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Arlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

The ban takes effect on Saturday, with no end date in sight.

EgyptAir ‘Black Boxes’ To Be Sent To France

EgyptAir, MS804, Disappeared, RadarEgyptian investigators say the damaged flight recorders ‘black boxes’ from the EgyptAir aircraft that crashed in May would be sent to France for repairs.

The Egyptian investigation committee said in a statement that France’s BEA accident investigators would help to remove salt deposits from the chips before they were returned to Egypt for analysis that is crucial to unravelling what caused the Airbus A320 to crash.

The Egyptian investigators also said that French forensics experts would be arriving in Egypt to help retrieve human remains as a specialist ship attempts to map the wreckage.

With little debris and no bodies recovered, investigators hope analysis of the black boxes will help them piece together what happened in the final half hour of the flight.

The Airbus A320 was en route from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from radar in the Eastern Mediterranean in May.

All 66 people on board the plane were killed.

Some wreckage from the plane was later found about 290kilometre north of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.

French, Italian Companies To Help Search For EgyptAir Black Boxes

EgyptAir black boxEgypt is seeking the assistance of two companies, one French and one Italian, in the search for the black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, the airline’s chairman said on Wednesday.

EgyptAir flight 804 crashed on May 19 with 66 people on board including 30 Egyptians and 15 from France, and nearly a week later investigators have no clear picture of the plane’s final moments.

EgyptAir chairman, Safwat Moslem, did not name the companies involved, but he told a news conference they were able to search at a depth of 3,000 metres.

The plane and its black box recorders, which could explain what brought down the Paris-to-Cairo flight as it entered Egyptian air space, have not been located.

The black boxes are believed to be lying in up to 3,000 metres of water, on the edge of the range for hearing the signals, emitted once a second.

According to Reuters, maritime search experts say this means acoustic hydrophones must be towed in the water at depths of up to 2,000 metres in order to have the best chance of picking up the signals, which should last for 30 days.

Until recently, aviation sources say, the US Navy or its private contractor Phoenix International were considered among the only sources for equipment needed to search on the correct frequency for black box pingers at such depths.

The US Navy said on Tuesday it had not been asked for help.

Sources within the Egyptian investigation committee said earlier on Wednesday that the jet had not shown any sign of technical problems before taking off from Paris.

On Tuesday an Egyptian forensics official and investigation sources said human remains retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight suggest that there was an explosion on board the plane, although no traces of explosives have been detected.

EgyptAir Flight Did Not Swerve – Egyptian Official

EgyptAirAn Egyptian official insists the EgyptAir flight MS804 did not swerve and change direction before meeting its waterloo.

The head of Egypt’s state-run provider for air navigation services Mr Hab Azmy, explained that the plane had been flying at its normal height before dropping off radar.

This comes after recent reports by Greece’s Defence Minister that the plane turned 90 degrees left and then did a 360-degree turn toward going into the Mediterranean.

Azmy said that a radar reading had shown the plane was flying at its normal altitude of 37,000 feet (11,270 metres).

“That fact degrades what the Greeks are saying about the aircraft suddenly losing altitude before it vanished from radar.

“There was no turning to the right or left, and it was fine when it entered Egypt’s (flight information region), which took nearly a minute or two before it disappeared,” Azmy added.

Meanwhile, another senior Egyptian navigation services official, Ehab Mohieeldin, had said on Monday that Egyptian officials were able to track the plane on radar for one minute before it crashed but were unable to communicate with the crew.

The airbus A320 was enroute Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard when it disappeared last Thursday.

Buhari Condoles With Al-Sisi, Egyptians On EgyptAir Crash

Muhammadu Buhari, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, EgyptAirPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with his Egypt counterpart and Egyptians on Thursday’s EgyptAir crash which claimed many lives.

Condoling President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the loss of 66 lives in the crash, President Buhari assured him and the people of Egypt of the sympathy of all Nigerians, as they mourn the passengers and crew of EgyptAir MS804.

He told President Al-Sisi during a phone conversation on Friday evening that the thoughts and prayers of Nigerians were with the families and friends of the bereaved Egyptians and other nationals who are in sorrow as a result of the tragic air crash.

The President prayed that God Almighty would comfort all those who lost their relatives and friends in the crash and grant eternal rest to the souls of those who died.

In his response, President Al-Sisi thanked his Nigeria counterpart for his condolence and sympathy.

President Buhari’s condolence was disclosed in a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

‘Debris Found’ From EgyptAir Plane

EgyptAir, MS804, Disappeared, RadarThe massive search for the crashed EgyptAir flight has yielded results as the country’s military says debris from the plane has been recovered in the Mediterranean.

Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished yesterday morning.

Egypt’s army spokesman says wreckage and passenger belongings were found 290 kilometres off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt.

Greek, Egyptian, French and UK military units have been taking part in the search operation near Greece’s Karpathos Island.

French President, Francois Hollande, had on Thursday confirmed the crash of the EgyptAir flight MS804 that disappeared from radar soon after leaving Greek airspace.

Greece’s defence minister, Panos Kammenos, says the airbus A320 had “turned 90 degrees left and a 360-degree turn to the right” and dropped more than 20,000 feet before disappearing from radar.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 From Paris To Cairo Crashed – Hollande

EgyptAir, MS804, Disappeared, RadarFrench President, Francois Hollande, has confirmed that the EgyptAir flight MS804 that went missing between Paris and Cairo has crashed.

The airbus A320 disappeared from radar soon after leaving Greek airspace.

There were 56 passengers – including three children – seven crew members and three security personnel on board flight ms804.

A major search and rescue operation is under way in the Mediterranean Sea, involving the Greek and Egyptian armed forces. But Mr Hollande says all information confirms that it had indeed crashed.

France has also offered to send boats and planes to help in the effort.

There had been reports that the plane made two sharp turns before plunging into the Mediterranean Sea.

Greece’s defence minister, Panos Kammenos, says the airbus A320 had “turned 90 degrees left and a 360-degree turn to the right” and dropped more than 20,000 feet before disappearing from radar.

EgyptAir: Egyptian, European Stock Markets Dip

EgyptAir, Stock MarketsThe Egyptian stock market falls more than two percent as at midday on Thursday on the news that an EgyptAir plane had disappeared on its way from Paris, France.

A total of 66 passengers were reportedly on board.

European stock markets were also in negative territory on the news.

The German DAX was down 1.18 percent in early trade while the London footsie-100 falls 1.14 percent. The broader stoxx-600 index shed half-a-percent.

The shares of aircraft maker, Airbus Group was shaved 1.3 percent on the EgyptAir disaster news.

Crude prices shed 2.05 percent at 10:00am Nigerian time on Thursday at 47.19 dollars at the futures market.

The shares of travel operators and airlines were equally in the red.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 From Paris To Cairo ‘Disappears From Radar’

EgyptAir, MS804, Disappeared, RadarAn EgyptAir flight travelling from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar.

Official says there are 59 passengers and 10 crew members on board flight MS804.

The aircraft was flying at 37,000 feet when it went missing over the eastern Mediterranean.

The company says it will issue an update “when more information becomes available”.

It adds that the concerned authorities have been notified, and search and rescue teams are now looking for the aircraft.

The search operation is being co-ordinated with the Greek authorities.

In March, an EgyptAir plane was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus. The attacker later surrendered and all hostages were released.