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Talk about an eerie coincidence, the EgyptAir jetliner that disappeared Thursday over the Mediterranean was previously a target of political vandals who scribbled an ominous message in Arabic on its underside.
That message, written about two years ago, would prove to be prophetic: “We will bring this plane down.”
The New York Times reported:
Three EgyptAir security officials said the threatening graffiti, which appeared about two years ago, had been the work of aviation workers at Cairo Airport. Playing on the phonetic similarity between the last two letters in the plane’s registration, SU-GCC, and the surname of Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, some workers also wrote “traitor” and “murderer.”
The officials, who were interviewed separately and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the airline’s security procedures because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the graffiti had been linked to the domestic Egyptian political situation at the time rather than to a militant threat. Similar graffiti against Mr. Sisi, a former general, was scrawled across Cairo after the military ousted the elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013.
The graffiti was not considered a threat against the plane, but commentary on Egypt’s bitter political divide and authorities had found Arabic graffiti — including “Allahu Akbar” — on a number of planes after the Paris attacks in November.
Following the removal of Morsi, EgyptAir tightened security and fired a number of employees, to include those presumed to be sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to The Times.
It’s believed an “internal explosion” brought down EgyptAir flight MS804, but the downing has yet to be called terrorism.
The Telegraph reported:
Data from the final moments before EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean suggest an “internal explosion” tore through the right side of the aircraft, a pilot said last night.
Investigators trying to determine whether the A320 was brought down by terrorism or a technical fault are poring over a series of warnings indicating smoke-filled the cabin shortly before it disappeared from radar.
French authorities confirmed that smoke detectors went off aboard the flight a few minutes before it crashed but said it was not clear what caused the smoke or fire.
Here’s additional information and images of debris found by Egyptian authorities from Twitter:
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— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 21, 2016
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 22, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2016
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 21, 2016
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2016
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