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Flight 804 crash: second major EgyptAir incident in two months

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By Euronews
Flight 804 crash: second major EgyptAir incident in two months

<p>Thursday’s (May 19) EgyptAir plane crash comes just two months since the last major incident involving the airline. On March 29, a domestic flight travelling from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Larnaca, Cyprus.</p> <p>The pilot of EgyptAir flight 181 was threatened by a passenger apparently wearing a suicide belt which later turned out to be fake. </p> <p>The passenger was later arrested after giving himself up. </p> <p>Witnesses said he threw a letter on the tarmac at Larnaca airport, asking for it to be delivered to his Cypriot ex-wife.</p> <h3>MetroJet flight 9268</h3> <p>The Egyptian aviation industry had been reeling from the crash of a Russian passenger jet last year over the Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. </p> <p>Metrojet flight 9268 broke into pieces shortly after reaching its cruising altitude on October 31. All 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists, were killed. </p> <p>The flight was headed to Saint Petersburg from the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.</p> <p>Authorities in Moscow said the plane was been brought down by a terrorist act. </p> <p>Russian forensic experts had taken swabs from debris at the crash site.</p> <p>The head of the country’s Federal Security Service said that explosives were detected, explaining why plane fragments had been scattered over a wide area. </p> <h3>Flash Airlines flight 604</h3> <p>In 2004 an plane chartered by Egypt’s Flash Airlines crashed into the Red Sea.</p> <p>All 148 people on board flight 604 were killed .. mostly French tourists on their way home from a holiday in Sharm. </p> <p>Concerns over the plane’s condition emerged shortly afterwards. The eleven-year-old Boeing had failed safety checks in Switzerland and the airline had been banned from flying over the country. </p> <p>For more than a decade, until the downing of the Metrojet plane, it was Egypt’s worst aviation disaster.</p>