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Egypt says search teams discovered the wreckage of Egypt Air flight 804 in the Mediterranean sea today - Luggage, airplane seats, other evidence and human remains. There's still no word on what caused the fatal crash that killed 66 people. NPR's Emily Harris reports from Cairo, where friends and families are mourning.
EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: After regular Friday prayers at the Sultan Hussain Mosque in a wealthy Cairo neighborhood, it was time for prayers for the dead. Worshipers outside for the overflow service stood in neat rows through four calls of God is great. They said silent prayers in between. Afterwards, 67-year-old Khalid al-Kassam received hugs from many friends. He lost four family members on the flight - a brother and a sister-in-law, plus their son and his wife.
KHALID KASSAM: And their son and his wife have two daughters - one 8 months - baby - and the other is 2 years.
HARRIS: Those children were not on the plane. They had stayed with family in Cairo when their parents and grandparents went to Paris for pleasure, Kassam said.
KASSAM: What can you say? It's life. It's life. And there are many tragedies, not only ours. There are tragedies. I sympathize with them.
HARRIS: Nearby, Khalil Kandil, a friend of the family, described Ghassan Abu Laban, the dad of those two little girls left behind, as a gentle person who had been married three years.
KHALIL KANDIL: All these accidents, we always hear about them, and they are somebody else - it happened to somebody else. It's the first time for me to have somebody I really know - really know very well.
HARRIS: Kandil also feels more than a personal loss. He's a businessman. He has worked in heavy industry and shipping consumer goods to neighboring countries. He says news of this Egypt Air crash compounds the region's problems and battered reputation.
KANDIL: So many bad news. At the end of the day, nobody will care a lot about why this plane crashed. Is it really a terrorist act or a failure? It's just another problem adding to the area, killing the tourism.
HARRIS: A sense of deep sorrow sprinkled with fatalism permeated the crowd outside the huge mosque. Mariam Abu Shakra, just graduated from college, came to pay her respects, even though she personally knew no one onboard.
MARIAM ABU SHAKRA: Because it affected a lot of people. And it's not something someone could, like, be quiet about or - it's something you just - I don't know. I just feel it's something really big.
HARRIS: Something really big, she calls this deadly plane crash, but not big enough to keep her from flying. Whether you're traveling or staying at home, she says, you never know what's coming tomorrow. Emily Harris, NPR News, Cairo.
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