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EgyptAir denies finding wreckage of missing flight, citing translation mistake


Cairo –  EgyptAir on Friday in Cairo described as translation mistake, a press release translation that the wreckage of the missing flight MS804 has been found.

An EgyptAir source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the translation has caused misunderstanding and embarrassment for government and the organisation.

The source said further that the Arabic version of a press statement on the “possibility of finding parts of the missing airplane” was mistakenly translated into English by EgyptAir’s official Facebook page, which caused “confusion.”

The source explained that EgyptAir “has never confirmed the finding of any wreckage, a translation mistake was the reason behind the confusion.

“In the Arabic version, we only spoke about the possibility that the objects found might belong to the airplane.

Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, EgyptAir said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry had confirmed to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry that wreckages of the missing airplane were found near the Greek Island of Karpathos.

Those reports have since been denied by Greek officials who said the objects they found during the ongoing search operations do not belong to the Egyptian aircraft.

EgyptAir has earlier confirmed that the missing plane, an Airbus A320, disappeared from radar screens en route from Paris to Cairo at 2:45 a.m. Cairo local time (0045 GMT) on Thursday.

The flight had 66 people aboard, including 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and nine others each from Algeria, Belgium, Portugal, Britain, Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. (Xinhua/NAN)

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