“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Egypt Air Flight 804

NY Times

As investigators scramble to piece together clues to what happened to Egypt Air Flight 804, analysts said that some attention would probably be focused on where the plane flew in the 24 hours before the crash, with stops in countries where aviation security standards have previously raised concerns.
The aircraft, a 12-year-old Airbus A320, flew from Cairo to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, on Tuesday night and then returned early Wednesday morning. Then it flew a round trip to Tunis and back before heading for Paris. 
An advisory published by the United States State Department in May 2015 warned that security at Asmara International Airport “can be unpredictable,” and noted a “lack of efficiency and consistency” in the screening of travelers there.
In the wake of the October bombing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, European officials expressed concerns about gaps in airport security at airports in North Africa, including Tunisia, as well as at some airports in Egypt. 

If initial reports that the Egypt Air jetliner swerved before it crashed are confirmed, then “something happened that forced the pilots to lose control over the plane,” Hossam Kamal, a former Egyptian minister of civil aviation, told The Associated Press.
Mr. Kamal spoke to the news agency on Thursday after the authorities said that the jetliner appeared, based on radar traces, to have made an unexplained series of extremely abrupt turns before crashing into the Mediterranean Sea. 
Passenger planes are not designed to make such maneuvers, Mr. Kamal said. “These are not warplanes,” he said. 
He said recovery of the plane’s flight recorders, known as black boxes, would help to shed light on “what happened that forced the pilot to lose control.”


  1. No one has the guts to face the truth:

    These machines are not airworthy.

    1. I'm not getting on any plane that can't handle 5 pounds of Semtex.

  2. Terrorism in Egypt:

    More than 1,000 dead
    1,106 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 1993, with more police than terrorists killed
    Luxor massacre
    Islamic terrorists kill 58 tourists, three police officers and a tour guide at Deir el-Bahri, across the River Nile from Luxor, an archaeological site popular with visitors. Six Britons were among the dead.
    Sinai bombing
    Tourist hotels were targeted in the October attack, which consisted of three bombs. The explosions left 34 dead and 171 injured. The Egyptian government blamed Palestinians.
    Cairo attacks
    Three were left dead after three related incidents in the capital, said to be in response to the government's clampdown after the Sinai bombings.
    Sharm el-Sheikh attacks
    A series of bomb attacks targeting the popular tourist city of Sharm el-Sheikh killed 88 people and wounding 150, making it the most deadly terrorist attack in Egyptian history. 11 Britons were killed.
    Dahab bombings
    Islamic terrorists carried out three suicide bomb attacks in the city of Dahab, killing 23 people. The dead were mostly Egyptians, but included a German, Lebanese, Russian, Swiss and a Hungarian.

    Khan el-Khalili bombing
    A French teenager was killed when a bomb exploded in Khan el-Khalili in eastern Cairo. Two further incidents in the capital in February were said to be related - the stabbing of an American teacher and a firebomb thrown at a Metro train.

    Alexandria bombing
    A New Year's Day car bomb in the northern city of Alexandria killed 21 people.

    Tourist bus bombed
    Four people including three believed to be South Korean Christian pilgrims were killed by a bomb in February that tore through a bus near Egypt's border with Israel in the Sinai peninsula.

    Luxor attack
    A suicide bomber and two other suspected Islamic terrorists attacked an ancient Egyptian temple popular with tourists near Luxor. The attack outside the Temple of Karnak was the first to target the site since 1997.

    Sharm el-Sheikh plane crash
    A Russian passenger aircraft crashes in Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board the flight. Terrorists were believed to have been responsible for the incident.

    Hurghada hotel shooting
    Three tourists were wounded in an attack on Egypt’s Red Sea resort town of Hurghada, hours after Isil claimed responsibility for another attack near Cairo’s famous pyramids.

    EgyptAir crash
    EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo, carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew, was reported to have been crashed off the Greek island of Karpathos. A terror attack is the most likely cause of the crash, according to aviation experts.


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