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Sunday, October 31, 1999 Published at 22:04 GMT


The EgyptAir aftermath in pictures

The loss of flight 990
The crash of EgyptAir flight 990 brought a rapid response from rescue teams, and began a day of agony for relatives in the US and Egypt.

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As soon as the news emerged, friends and relatives gathered at New York's JFK airport to wait for information.

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In Cairo, relatives anxiously checked passenger lists.

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Many were comforted as the search for survivors began.

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New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani (right) pledged to help the emergency effort.

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Coastguards in Boston aided the huge search and rescue operation.

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Helicopters were scrambled from the USCG Air Station Cape Cod.

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Ships headed to the crash site 45 miles south-east of Nantucket Island.

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