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Posted: 1/2/2004 10:34:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2004 10:35:57 PM EDT by The_Macallan]



Plane Carrying 135 Bound for Cairo Crashes


CAIRO, Egypt — A charter airliner with 135 people aboard -- most of them French tourists -- crashed into the Red Sea (search) shortly after takeoff early Saturday from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (search), according to airport officials in Cairo. No survivors were immediately found.


The Boeing 737 jet took off shortly before 5 a.m. (10 p.m. EST) and quickly disappeared from radar about seven miles south of the airport, airport officials said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

The crash occurred amid a week of heightened concerns about terrorist threats from the air that have led to increased security and canceled flights around the world.

But an initial statement from the Ministry of Civil Aviation called the crash an "accident" and said crews were searching for the wreckage. It gave no ideas on the possible cause.

The officials said 127 passengers and eight crewmembers were aboard the jet operated by the private Egyptian company Air Flash (search) en route to Cairo, and most were French tourists.

Rescue teams rushed to the scene but found no immediate survivors.

A Guinean-registered Boeing 727, carrying mostly Lebanese passengers, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Benin on Dec. 25, killing at least 130 of the 161 people aboard.

Sharm el-Sheik is a popular Red Sea tourist resort that also frequently hosts major political and economic summits. Egypt has held several meetings on peace in the Middle East there, including one in which President Bush met with regional leaders in June over the "road map" plan toward creating a Palestinian state


Hmmmm....
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 10:36:27 PM EDT
"Accident" my Aunt Fanny.
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 10:36:46 PM EDT
... Ya beat me to it by 2 minutes man!
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 10:37:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
most of them French tourists --
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Hmmmm....
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yeah BUMMER.......
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 10:56:39 PM EDT
Boeing 737: [img]http://rds.yahoo.com/S=96062883/K=737/v=2/l=IVI/*-http://www.chs-airport.com/737-400ds.jpg[/img] Boeing 727: [img]http://www.aeroinfoinc.com/images/727.gif[/img] Wash,rinse, repeat. A 727 crashed not a 737..... Rob
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 11:06:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
-- most of them French tourists --
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Whoops What do you call 20 Frenchmen at the bottom of the Red.... oh nevermind.
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 11:14:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By a320az: Boeing 737: [url]http://rds.yahoo.com/S=96062883/K=737/v=2/l=IVI/*-http://www.chs-airport.com/737-400ds.jpg[/url] Boeing 727: [url]http://www.aeroinfoinc.com/images/727.gif[/url] Wash,rinse, repeat. A 727 crashed not a 737..... Rob
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I think they were talking about two separate incidents. Doesnt matter... wasnt terrorism... broken wires near the fuel takes... yup, that'll do it.
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 11:29:30 PM EDT
well, why would terrorists bomb a plane of their biggest supporters?
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 5:56:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2004 6:24:33 AM EDT by CavVet]
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
CAIRO, Egypt — A charter airliner with 135 people aboard -- most of them French tourists -- crashed into the [b]Red Sea[/b] [red]A Guinean-registered Boeing 727, carrying mostly Lebanese passengers, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the [b]West African nation of Benin[/b] on Dec. 25, killing at least 130 of the 161 people aboard.[/red]
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Without google'ing anything, I [i]thought[/i] the Red Sea would be off the EAST coast of Africa. Like Somalia/Ethiopia-ish? [b]Edited to add, I was right. Benin IS in West Africa, the Red Sea IS East Africa. Sheesh, do these 'journalists' ever get a story right, or close even?[/b] Question, If we (me included) thought it was wrong to cheer the Iran earthquake, why does it feel ok to not be sad at a French tragedy?
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 6:08:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CavVet:
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
CAIRO, Egypt — A charter airliner with 135 people aboard -- most of them French tourists -- crashed into the [b]Red Sea[/b] [red]A Guinean-registered Boeing 727, carrying mostly Lebanese passengers, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the [b]West African nation of Benin[/b] on Dec. 25, killing at least 130 of the 161 people aboard.[/red]
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Without google'ing anything, I [i]thought[/i] the Red Sea would be off the EAST coast of Africa. Like Somalia/Ethiopia-ish? Question, If we (me included) thought it was wrong to cheer the Iran earthquake, why does it feel ok to not be sad at a French tragedy?
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Over 70 percent here, did not give a rats ass about the Iranians, I suspect it is the friend of my enemy is my enemy kind of thing.
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 6:58:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ProfessorEvil: well, why would terrorists bomb a plane of their biggest supporters?
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Who said they make any sense? Why would them fucks in iraq blow up the UN headquarters running them out of Iraq? Talk about "biggest supporters" I say turn the whole area into one big ash tray and slant drill from the persian gulf. Oh yeah!! [img]http://users.telenet.be/eforum/emoticons4u/violent/sterb294.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 1/3/2004 7:06:48 AM EDT
$10 on the center fuel tank being the cause.
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