Egypt Air MS804 and the tourism crash
We’ve been following the terrible news of flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo that went into the sea with 66 lives lost. Our thoughts go out to the families.
The obvious thought is that it is terrorist related.
It appears there was a fire in the toilets and area underneath the cockpit based on telemetry transmissions. Some news sources are also saying that the pilot spoke to Egyptian air traffic control after the said fire happened.
The Greek Government is saying that the plane turned 90 degrees then spun around 360 degrees. Today, the Egyptian Government is counter claiming that the pilot talking to traffic control and the spin didn’t happen.
Some off the wall tabloid stories are even saying UFO’s were sighted an hour before the crash.
It is likely that we will not get the real story soon especially will take some time to retrieve the black box and there are politics involved in controlling the story.
Nevertheless, what we do know is that this is another catastrophe for the Egyptian tourist industry especially at the Sharm-El-Sheikh resorts where rooms at Radisson Blu Resort are going for less than 20 UK pounds per night. The area already impacted the Russian aircraft bombing and then cutting off of flights from UK.
We guess this is what the fundamentalists want – They need to destroy the village to save the village – and our thoughts go out to all those in Middle East whose livelihoods depended on tourism. In Cairo, the tourism had already been hit after the Coup D’Etat against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
However, we don’t see this sorry story ending anytime soon. Either in the Middle Eastern tourism industry or in the terrorist attempts by ISIS or their affiliates.