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Egypt air crash: Egyptian, French and Greek forces deployed in the area (update)

A Hellenic Air Force Super Puma helicopter (credit: Greek Air Force)
A Super Puma helicopter of the Hellenic Air Force (credit: Greek Air Force – B2 archives)

(B2) Very quickly, the three main countries most concerned by the crash of the EgyptAir A320 Airbus plane which occurred during the night from Wednesday to Thursday (May 19), dispatched air and maritime resources to the site, on the supposed crash area, located between the Greek island of Karpathos and the city of Alexandria. It is the Egyptian Maritime Coordination, Search and Rescue Center (JRCC) which is coordinating the rescue, the scene of the accident being located in the Egyptian rescue zone (read: Who coordinates rescue in the event of a plane crash? Why Egypt?).

Egyptian and Greek means

Egypt has deployed resources – reconnaissance planes – and a ship, as evidenced by this video taken on the grounds of the crash.

The Greek armed forces on Thursday deployed a military C-130 aircraft, an aerial reconnaissance aircraft Erieye EMB-145 H. Another C-130 is also en route to the area, as well as the frigate Nikiforos Phokas and a Super Puma helicopter.

Falcon 50, then Atlantique 2 and the Jacoubet

For its part, the French Navy mobilized, as of Thursday morning (May 19), a maritime surveillance plane F, of the 24F flotilla, initially engaged in the European operation EUNAVFOR Med Sophia. He was then relayed by a plane Atlantique 2 (or ATL2), which took off from the naval aeronautics base of Hyères, on Friday morning (May 20). The ATL2 was quickly “ redirected to a new area by the Egyptian Relief Coordination Center (JRCC).

A high seas patrol boat, theEnsign Jacoubet (F-794), sailed on Friday from the military port of Toulon to reach the area. On board, indicates the national navy " equipment and specialized teams for underwater wreck research » : a doctor (in addition to the patrol nurse), two investigators (OPJ) from the maritime gendarmerie and the specialized air gendarmerie and two sailors from the human diving and intervention expertise cell under the sea (CEPHISMER). He should be there Monday.

According to " needs expressed by the Egyptian authorities, other means of the National Navy could be considered we say in Paris.

Boarding of specialized gendarmerie investigators aboard the Jacoubet


The hypothesis of a terrorist act was quickly raised alongside the hypothesis of a technical incident.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Egyptians and French in majority and around ten other nationalities

The EgyptAir Airbus A320 plane (MS804) which was flying between Paris Charles-De-Gaulle and Cairo disappeared from radar screens during the night above the sea between Crete and Alexandria (Egypt). According to the company, it had 66 people on board (56 passengers, 7 crew members and 3 security officers).

  • 15 French.
  • 1 Belgian: Geert Supré, regional director of Vanguard Logistics Services.
  • 1 Briton (with dual Australian nationality): the doctor Richard Osman, a 40-year-old geologist who works for a gold mining company. He was married to a Frenchwoman according to The Guardian who writes his biography.
  • 1 Portuguese: João Silva, 62-year-old civil engineer, head of Mota-Engil for African markets, according to José Luis Carneiro, Portuguese Secretary of State for Communities (as reported Correio da Manhã).

As well as :

  • 30 Egyptians
  • 1 Chadian: a cadet from St Cyr Coetquidan, Seitchi Mahamat.
  • 1 Algerian
  • 1 Canadian
  • 2 Iraqis
  • 1 Kuwaiti
  • 1 Saudi
  • 1 Sudanese

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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