French families commemorate Red Sea crash

3rd January 2005, Comments 0 comments

CAIRO, Jan 1 (AFP) - Relatives of French victims of last year's Red Sea plane crash are due to commemorate the first anniversary of the accident on Monday, with the cause of the crash still unknown.

CAIRO, Jan 1 (AFP) - Relatives of French victims of last year's Red Sea plane crash are due to commemorate the first anniversary of the accident on Monday, with the cause of the crash still unknown.  

All 148 passengers and crew, including 134 French tourists, were killed when the Flash airlines Boeing 737 plunged into the Red Sea shortly after take off from Sharm el-Sheikh in the early morning of January 3, 2004.  

Relatives of the 13 Egyptian crash victims have not been invited to the ceremony, organised by French tour operator Fram whose clients were on the doomed flight.  

French relatives are due to arrive at Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday night ahead of a remembrance ceremony at an improvised memorial facing the sea that was erected in the immediate wake of the disaster.  

A permanent monument was due to be inaugurated, but has not been finished in time.   The French ambassador to Cairo Jean-Claude Cousseran will take part in the ceremony, which will include a boat journey to the place where the Egyptian charter flight smashed into the water.  

While it was swiftly decided that a bombing was not to blame for the crash, the plane's black boxes have failed to provide an explanation for why the disaster happened.  

An initial report published by Egyptian authorities in November detailed the flight's final fateful moments but it remains unclear whether machine or human error was to blame.  

Bereaved Egyptian families are still trying to get compensation for the crash, while the Al-Sharq insurance company has already paid the French victims' families USD 350, 000 each.

© AFP

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