Tuesday,21 November, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1297, (26 May - 1 June 2016)
Tuesday,21 November, 2017
Issue 1297, (26 May - 1 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly

In memoriam

Ahmed Morsy profiles some of the victims who lost their lives in last week’s EgyptAir crash

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Mohamed Shoukair

Shoukair, the plane’s pilot, was 36 years old. His mother died three years ago and he had two older sisters. He lived in Cairo and was engaged to be married.

According to his family, Shukair was ambitious, interested in good deeds and charity. He had performed the Umrah, the lesser pilgrimage, nine times.

“He was a social person who used to bring people together and was known as the family comedian,” said one relative.

He had been with EgyptAir since 2004 and had 6,275 hours of flying experience, including 2,101 hours on the A320, the plane that crashed into the Mediterranean. He had dreamed of being a pilot since his childhood, his family told Al-Ahram Weekly.

EgyptAir Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel described Shoukair as “a very well-trained, highly disciplined captain with a good reputation”.

His father, Bahgat Shoukair, told the Weekly, “According to the civil aviation minister, my son was one of the most efficient pilots in EgyptAir.”


Mohamed Assem

Assem, 24, was Shoukair’s co-pilot. He lived in Cairo and, like Shoukair, was engaged to be married. His father was a flight crew employee of EgyptAir, according to Ahram Online.

Assem’s friends described him as “warm-hearted and good-mannered”.

“He was funny and all his colleagues loved him,” his father Mamdouh Assem told the CBC satellite TV channel.

Assem had dreamed of becoming a pilot since childhood. He had completed 2,766 flying hours.


Mervat Zakariya

Zakariya, who was married with one daughter, was the cabin manager of EgyptAir Flight 804. She had only been promoted to her position a month before the plane crash.

Zakariya worked for EgyptAir for 30 years, giving up her earlier acting career to become an air hostess in 1986.

As an actress, her best-known role was as the teenager Hala Awad in the melodrama Abu Al-Ela Al-Beshri.


Samar Ezz

Ezz, a flight attendant on EgyptAir, had worked for the national carrier for two years. She was 27 years old, a graduate of Ain Shams University graduate, and had recently married.

Her mother still clings to hope that she might be found alive and is afraid to turn off her phone in case her daughter calls.

“She doesn’t want to move from the door,” Ezz’s aunt told Reuters. “She doesn’t want to believe it ... I told her to switch off her phone but she said, ‘What if Samar calls?’”

In an emotional online post, Ezz’s colleague Asmaa Yasser wrote: “I lost one of my best friends. May God rest your purest soul in peace, I love you, goodbye my friend. Flight attendants don’t die, they only go high.”


Yara Farag

Farag, 26, was a graduate of the Mass Communication Faculty at Misr International University (MIU) and had worked as an EgyptAir cabin crewmember for just over two years.

Friends of Farag who attended Saturday’s memorial service at St Mary and St Athanasius Church in Cairo wore white clothes rather than the traditional black.

“It is such a shock for everyone. She was young, she had never been married. But I accept this is God’s will,” her father said.

“She loved going out. She loved her friends. She loved her family. She was very adventurous. She loved her work.”


Marwa Hamdi

Hamdi, a 42-year-old Canadian national who lived in Cairo, was an executive with IBM. The mother of three boys aged between nine and 16, Hamdi was originally from Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, and moved to Cairo after marrying an Egyptian. She was on her way home to Cairo after visiting relatives in Paris.

The Hayah International Academy, the school attended by her children, posted a Facebook message following the plane crash: “A devoted and loving mother, Marwa is greatly appreciated by everyone who had the chance to deal with her. Her children’s teachers and Hayah parents who know Marwa personally speak of her dedicated and supportive nature. She was always there to offer a helping hand. Our heart and prayers go out to her and her family.”


Ahmed Helal

Helal, 41, originally from Alexandria, was a joint Egyptian-French national. Helal, who was married, graduated from the American University in Cairo in mechanical engineering in 1999.

Helal had worked for Procter and Gamble for 16 years. He joined the company in Egypt in 2000 and became a manager at one of the company’s plants in Amiens, France, two years ago. He was returning to Egypt to visit his sick father.

“Ahmed wasn’t just a bright site director, Ahmed was above all a great human being,” said Christophe Duron, vice president and general manager of Proctor & Gamble France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.


Richard Osman

Osman, 40, the only British passenger on the EgyptAir plane, was a geologist and the father of two children. His younger daughter Olympe, was born last month. Her sister, Victios, is just 14 months old.

Osman, from Carmarthen in South Wales, lived with his family in Jersey but was working in Alexandria. He was an executive for the Jersey-based mining company Centamin and had previously worked in Australia.

He is the eldest son of the late Dr Mohamed Fekry Ali Osman and his wife Anne. Richard’s father had moved to South Wales from his native Egypt to work as a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon.

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