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3 Air Marshals Were Among Passengers on EgyptAir Jet That Crashed

A former NTSB investigator says Egypt recently boosted security, which could explain the number of officers on the flight

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    3 Air Marshals Were Among Passengers on EgyptAir Jet That Crashed
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    This August 21, 2015, file photo shows an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport, Austria. Three air marshals were aboard flight MS804 that crashed while flying over the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, 2016.

    Three air marshals were flying on EgyptAir Flight MS804, which crashed over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday, according to authorities.

    EgyptAir confirmed the names of the security team to NBC News Thursday as Mohamed Ahmed Abd al Razak Abd al Kareem, Ahmed Mohamed Magdy Ahmad and Mohamed Abdel Monim Al Ghoneimy al Kyal.

    A former NTSB investigator told MSNBC that Egypt recently boosted security, which could explain for the number of officers on board. But France’s transport chief Alain Vidalies said having that many security forces on board such a flight was “the usual practice.”

    Sixty-six passengers were on board the plance, which was able to carry up to 189 passengers. The flight was not transporting any freight, Vidalies said. 

    Egyptian security has been under scrutiny since a Russian Metrojet plane crashed after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board.