Cairo / Beirut, 19 May 2016 – Egyptian Red Crescent Society has been providing psychosocial support to the relatives of passengers who were aboard an EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea this morning. A team of 11 trained volunteer experts arrived at Cairo airport this morning, soon after news of the tragic incident was announced.
Prof. Moamena Kamel, Secretary General of Egyptian Red Crescent Society said: “All of us have been shocked by this tragic news, but for the Red Crescent, our immediate focus is on providing much needed support to the families and others who have been emotionally affected. Our teams will continue to provide psychosocial support in the days to come.”
The Red Crescent, in its role as auxiliary to the authorities, also had medical teams on standby at the airport to provide first aid for families in need of it during this challenging time.
Contact with the aircraft was lost at 02:45 local time, and confirmed crashed at 08:40 by the country’s Aviation Ministry. There were 66 people on board – 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, and one person each from Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Kingdom.
The Egyptian navy, airforce and coast guard are all involved in search and rescue efforts since early morning in the area where the aeroplane was last recorded. Greek authorities have also sent teams to assist.