Egyptian authorities deny reports on signals from doomed aircraft

CAIRO, May 22 (KUNA) — Egypt National Air Navigation Services Company (NANSC) said Sunday the air control towers in Egypt received no contacts from the pilot of the EgyptAir flight MS-804 which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea three days ago.
The reports circulated by mass media in this regard are totally untrue, NANSC’s board chairman Ihab Azmy said in a press release.
The radar stations spotted the ill-fated plane between the airspaces of Egypt and Greece, nearly 260 nautical miles from Cairo at an altitude of 37,000 feet.
The plane disappeared from the radar screens just one minute after entering the Egyptian airspace; it was on the right track from Paris to Cairo, Azmy said, affirming that there was no deviation from the set route.
Soon after the tragedy, NANSC contacted the civil aviation authorities and search and rescue agencies of the countries near the site of the accident for information and help.
The company has also enforced all legal measures to protect the recordings of the doomed plane, he added.
The plane crashed on Thursday halfway between Alexandria and the Greek island of Crete with 66 passengers and crew on board. (end) ems.gb

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