Six months after EgyptAir crash, Egypt announces all Paris flight passengers dead

Six months after EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on its way back from Paris, the Egyptian government has officially announced all passengers dead and no longer missing, according to a Cabinet announcement in the official Gazette on Thursday.

The Cabinet added 26 names of non-Egyptian passengers to an announcement published in June, including 15 French passengers, whose remains have not yet been sent from Cairo to their families, despite the completion of all medical and technical procedures.

On May 19, aviation authorities announced the crash of the EgyptAir flight returning to Cairo from Paris after taking off from Charles De Gaul Airport, before reaching Egyptian airspace. The flight took off with 56 passengers on board and 10 crew members.

The list announced on Thursday includes: Faycal Bettiche, Joumana Bettiche, Mohamed Bettiche, Climont Cumary, Monique Dalle, Khalid Allam, Isabelle Jenine, Pierre Heslouin, Qeuntin Heslouin, Karim Suweilam, Pascal Hess, Feteha Dekawy, Rimon Samuel, Andree Taeel, Fares Eissa, Naglaa Al-Salhy, Khaled Mansour Hussein, Sahar al-Khawaga, Abdelmohsen al-Muteiry, Mohamed Mohamed Saleh Sayed, Nouha Saoudi, Seitchi Mahamat, Richard Fekry Osman, Geert Antoine Marie and Jude Marines David e Silva.

The French government is coordinating with Egyptian authorities regarding repatriating the victims’ remains to France, Gérard Larcher, head of the French Senate, said during a meeting with journalists last week.

The head of the French Senate was set to send an official letter from the Egyptian government upon his return to Paris, promising the acceleration of the process, Larcher added, but it is not clear whether or not this happened.

The victims’ lawyer, Sebastien Busy, told Mada Masr in a previous interview: “The main concern for the families right now is retrieving the remains of their children. It is unclear why the remains have not been repatriated thus far. Examining the DNA is already completed, and there is no reason why the remains cannot be sent back to France.”

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