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Passenger Counsels Victim Families

October 31, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Only one passenger got off EgyptAir Flight 990 when it landed in New York, but in a strange twist, his services were needed by the airline almost immediately.

Ed McLaughlin works for the Family Enterprise Institute, which helps airlines notify family members of air accident victims.

McLaughlin even participated in a news conference eight hours after the plane went down, describing his work to reporters.

``We work with EgyptAir to try to help the families with the notification process,″ he said. ``At the moment we’re struggling to get everything together.″

McLaughlin never mentioned that he’d been on the doomed plane and was the only passenger of the 33 who boarded in Los Angeles to get off in New York. The plane vanished off radar screens near Nantucket Island while en route to Cairo from New York.

Later Sunday, Robert Boyle, executive director of the Port Authority, which manages the airport, confirmed that McLoughlin was on the plane as a ``contract worker″ for EgyptAir.

``We have confirmed it was McLaughlin,″ Boyle said. ``And we think he’s the only person who got off.″

McLaughlin could not immediately be located for comment.

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