Egypt Pays US $5m for Plane Crash Assistance
Egypt gave the United States $5 million Friday to help pay for the search and rescue efforts that followed last year's EgyptAir crash, reported The Associated Press, quoting a congressman.
"We are very pleased to receive the $5 million payment and look forward to soon receiving the balance," chairman of the US House Transportation aviation subcommittee, John Duncan, said in a statement.
Egypt's total bill was $10.6 million, which means that the country still owes about $5.6 million, Duncan's spokesman David Balloff told the AP.
"They would like to see more details, which would be a breakdown of the 10.6 million," Balloff said.
Egyptian Ambassador Nahil Fahmy had said in a recent letter to Congress that Egypt would pay "$5 million immediately and the remaining amount expeditiously" to help with the costs of the US-led investigation of the October crash into the ocean off the Massachusetts island of Nantucket.
All 217 people aboard the plane were killed, including 101 Americans.
Egypt's payment became a more urgent issue in Congress because the investigating agency, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has already spent much of its budget for the year, said the AP.
The NTSB expects the bill for the search and rescue and investigation that followed the crash to top $20 million, Balloff said.
The NTSB has not reported a cause in the crash. Some aviation experts have raised the possibility that a co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane, an idea Egyptian authorities have vehemently denied, said the agency - Albawaba.com
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