Early on Thursday morning, EgyptAir flight MS804, which was carrying 56 passengers, went missing after embarking on what appeared to be a smooth flight from Paris to Cairo. The aircraft disappeared at a cruising altitude of 37,000 feet, just 10 miles away from Egyptian airspace. The passengers and 10 crew members came from various countries including Egypt, France, Britain, Belgium, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada. During a press conference, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy said that the possibility of a terrorist attack has yet to be ruled out. In fact, according to him, it's more likely than a technical failure.
In the hours following the incident, family and friends of those on board waited in a closed off area at Cairo's airport, awaiting further details on what has now been confirmed as a crash. One man who is related to a crew member from the lost flight told Reuters, "We don't know anything, they don't know anything," adding, "No one knows anything."
The mother of another crew member expressed similar exasperation at the lack of details. Egyptair has asked that media outlets not report rumors unless they have been verified as true. French, Egyptian, and Greek authorities are taking caution not to eliminate any scenarios during the beginning stages of the investigation. Al Arabiya, a Saudi TV news channel, reported that, so far, two bodies and various pieces of debris have been found in the search area. According to a Greek military official, two orange pieces were found 230 miles southeast of Crete and are believed to have been a part of the missing plane.
For the passengers and crew members' loved ones, the slow trickle of details is unbearable. Already, they have endured not knowing the plane's fate for hours on end. In the meantime, people from around the world have taken to social media to send their condolences and help them pull through this period of waiting and grieving. Here are some images you can share on social media to let those directly affected by the EgyptAir plane crash know that the world is thinking of them, as well as those who were on the flight.
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Countless tweets, which don't include images, have been published in support of those who are grieving. More images commemorating the victims will likely circulate in the days to come.