As the world continues to be transfixed on the outcome of EgyptAir Flight MS804 and its missing remains, it's also just as pertinent that people remember the victims of the crash. With a 24-hours news cycle that tends to get stuck on grittier details (take cable news' exhaustive coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370), the actual people can feel like more of an afterthought to the narrative. But it's important to remember that these victims were real people, with families, friends, and careers to be proud of. So, with that, we can ask about one such victim — who was Quentin Heslouin?
Heslouin boarded the flight traveling from Paris to Cairo with his father, and was one of five siblings in the family, two of whom were his triplet brothers. Though his father served as a city official in a town in France, Heslouin was a resident of London, England. The pair had met up to go on vacation together, and according to a family friend, had spent months looking forward to the trip.
But the plane, tragically, never met its destination and was downed somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. Officials from across the world have an investigation underway, but with one false hope of finding the flight's remains already dashed, families have been left waiting for answers.
It's also certainly worth nothing that Heslouin had a great career at the company EarthPort as the Vice President of Business Development. According to the company's website, EarthPort is a "global payment network that powers transactions for the world’s largest financial institutions, ecommerce companies, money transfer organisations and payment aggregators." EarthPort will surely miss Heslouin's contributions. In addition to the impressive resume, he also spoke four languages: he was fluent in both English and French, and learning German and Italian.
With memories of Heslouin come more questions — how long will it take to find the plane's remains? Who or what is responsible for the tragic deaths of the 55 passengers and 10 crew members? And how did this tragedy strike in the first place? All of these answers will likely come in time, as investigators continue to search the Mediterranean Sea and piece together possible motives and failures in the system.
However, it's just as important to take the time to mourn the tragic loss of Heslouin and his father. As a son, brother, and co-worker, he will absolutely be missed. His story is just as significant as the story of the plane itself.