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EgyptAir flight MS804 missing: Live updates as empty life jackets found at sea in search for plane

The former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit said the airbus A320’s disappearance suggested a ‘brutal event’

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What we know so far:

  • EgyptAir flight MS804 with 66 people on board including one Brit crashed according Egyptian aviation officials
  • But EgyptAir say reason for disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed
  • Jean-Paul Troadec, the former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit, the BEA, said the disappearance suggested a “brutal event” and was “almost certainly” caused by “an attack
  • The plane took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11.09pm and went missing at 2.45am on route to Cairo International
  • The Greek Merchant Navy has reported seeing a “flame in the sky” in the south Mediterranean
  • The airline has also provided free contact numbers for families concerned for relatives. From outside of Egypt, anyone concerned should call+ 202 25989320

A video purporting to shows possible debris from the EgyptAir flight floating in the sea has emerged.

The footage is said to have been taken from the search aircraft scanning the waters where the plane is thought to have been downed.

It comes as Britain confirmed it has sent the RAF to join the search from its Cyprus base as well as 16,000-tonne landing dock ship RFA Lyme Bay.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of those on board EgyptAir flight MS804 as they await further information.

“To support the ongoing search efforts, I have today directed RFA Lyme Bay to the area, and I have also offered a C-130 Hercules aircraft from RAF Akrotiri to support the Egyptian-led effort.

“We stand ready to offer further assistance should it be required.”

David Cameron has described the missing plane as a ‘dreadful event’ as he sends his thoughts to the families.

The Prime Minister told LBC Radio this evening: “I absolutely feel for them [the families].

“This is obviously a dreadful event. We don’t know very much right now about what’s happened.

“We know that there was one British national on the plane. It looks as if it has gone down in the Mediterranean.”

He added: “I think it’s too early to speculate about what the cause was.

“We simply don’t know but all the experts are talking to each other and trying to work out what has happened and when we know more, we’ll be able to say more.”

His thoughts come as it was confirmed Britain has sent the 16,000-tonne landing dock ship RFA Lyme Bay to help with the search.

She is due to arrive in the area of the plane’s last known position late tonight, Downing Street said.

The ship, which was already in the Mediterranean, and her 60 crew will search along the track of the jet’s route.

An RAF Hercules C-130 plane from Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus was also deployed.

The aircraft is equipped with surveillance kit, radar, high-powered binoculars and night vision goggles.

It can search day and night in all weathers.

The UK Government is treating the incident as an “important priority”, with officials from a number of Whitehall departments working on it throughout the day and ministers briefed when necessary, said Number 10.

This is the first picture of British victim Richard Osman feared to be missing on the EgyptAir flight.

The 40-year-old was believed to be flying to work for a gold mining company in Egypt when the plane vanished.

The doctor’s son, who has a two-year-old daughter, grew up in Tanerdy, Carmarthen, West Wales, but is believed to have been living in Jersey.

Qualified geologist Richard worked for exploration and research companies which involved him travelling widely around the world.

He was the eldest of four children of the late Dr Mohamed Fekry Ali Osman and wife Anne.

Siblings Alistair 35, Phillip, 34, and Anna, 32, grew up in Wales after Dr Osman moved there from his native Egypt to work as a consultant in ear, nose and throat surgery in Swansea.

Egypt will lead the official committee investigating the disappearance of the EgyptAir flight, the head of the Egypt’s Air Accidents Investigation department has said.

Ayman al-Moqadem said the committee will also include France, which is both the manufacturing country of the Airbus 320 and the country with the second-largest number of victims on board after Egypt.

It will commence its search for the black boxes and gather evidence as soon as the remains of the plane are found.

Britain and Greece have also offered to assist in the investigation, he said.

Moqadem did not say if the offers were accepted.

The EgyptAir flight MS804 was taken down by a bomb, according to US officials.

Staff say the government is working on an initial theory that the plane was brought down by terrorists, CNN reports.

It comes after the Brit feared missing was named locally as Richard Osman.

Meanwhile footage is emerging as part of the search for the aircraft.

The Brit feared to be missing on EgyptAir flight MS804 has been named locally as Richard Osman.

Mr Osman, 40, is thought to have been on the flight from Paris to Cairo which vanished in the the early hours of this morning.

Tributes to the man have emerged on social media, reports the South Wales Evening Post.

A flight manifest appearing to show Mr Osman’s name has been circulated online.

The Chad passenger on board the plane was ‘returning home after mother’s death’, reports the BBC.

Muhammed Allamine, from Chad’s French embassy, confirmed one of their citizens was on board, but didn’t name him.

Mr Allamine said: “He just lost his mother actually,.

“He was going to Chad to mourn his mother. He [was] going to give condolences to his family.”

Mr Allamine said the victim had studied at the military academy in Saint Cyr.


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McDonald’s To Leave Russia Permanently After 32 Years



McDonald’s has announced that it will leave Russia permanently after 30 years.

McDonald’s announced in March that it would temporarily close its roughly 850 restaurants in the country as part of the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chicago-based company owns 84% of its stores in Russia and has stated that its restaurants in Russia and Ukraine contributed 9% of its annual revenue, or around $2 billion (£1.6 billion).

The company expects to incur a non-cash charge of between $1.2 billion (£980 million) and $1.4 billion as part of the exit.

“The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, as well as the precipitating unpredictable operating environment,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

According to the company, it has begun selling its restaurants there due to the “humanitarian crisis” and “unpredictable operating environment” caused by the Ukraine war.

McDonald’s intends to sell its business to a local buyer, which employs 62,000 people and operates 850 restaurants (including those run by franchisees).

The restaurants will be “de-arched,” which means they will no longer use the McDonald’s name, logo, or branding. In a statement, McDonald’s stated that its “priorities include seeking to ensure that McDonald’s employees in Russia continue to be paid until the close of any transaction and that employees have future employment with any potential buyer.” In Russia, it will keep its trademarks.

According to the company, doing business in Russia is “no longer tenable” or consistent with its values.

“This is a complicated issue with no precedent and profound consequences,” McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski wrote in a message to franchisees, employees, and suppliers obtained by The New York Times.

“Some might argue that providing access to food and continuing to employ tens of thousands of ordinary citizens is unquestionably the right thing to do,” he continued. However, it is impossible to ignore the humanitarian crisis caused by Ukraine’s war. And it’s difficult to imagine the Golden Arches symbolizing the same hope and promise that drove us to enter the Russian market 32 years ago.”

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Ashantigold Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation



Ashantigold Sporting Club of Ghana has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s third tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The incident occurred at the end of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season, when Ashantigold defeated Inter Allies 7-0. Hashmin Musah, an Allies player, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to ruin a bet placed on the game.

Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, the club’s President, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been barred from football activities for ten years and eight years, respectively.

Eight club players were also banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, and a further five players were given four-year bans for failing to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

Furthermore, the club was fined Ghs 100,000, the President was fined Ghs 100,000, and the CEO was fined Ghs 50,000.

The decision will be implemented beginning with the 2022/2023 season.

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Inter Allies Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation



Inter Allies Football Club has been demoted to Ghana’s second division after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The Ghana FA’s Disciplinary Committee announced the decision on Monday, following the conclusion of an investigation into last season’s final day clash between AshGold and Inter Allies at the Len Clay Stadium.

The game was won by AshGold 7-0, with Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah scoring two own goals in the process.

Musah, however, admitted after the game in a radio interview that his own goals were scored on purpose to scupper a 5-1 bet that some people had placed on the match.

The GFA announced that the club had been charged on two counts and that it would be demoted to Division Two at the end of the current season. They were relegated from the Ghana Premier League last season and fell into this division.

In addition to the demotion, Inter Allies must pay a GHS 100,000 fine under the GFA’s Disciplinary Code.

Their head coach, Felix Aboagye, and team manager, Reuben Adjetey, would be barred from all football-related activity for 24 months.

As part of the GFA’s sanctions, four players were given 24-month bans. Richmond Lamptey of Kotoko was banned from football for 30 months because he was playing for Inter Allies at the time of the incident.

Hashmin Musah was also punished, but he received a shorter 6-month ban for bringing the incident to light, and he was also warned to notify the GFA’s Integrity Hotline in the future if he becomes aware of such unscrupulous arrangements.

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