Egypt Air Flight MS804 disappeared from the flight radars in the early morning hours of Thursday. Eight hours later and despite a huge Search And Rescue operation, there is reportedly no sign of the airplane that most probably went down in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 7 nautical miles south-east off the island of Crete.
On board of Airbus A320: 56 passenger among them 1 child and 2 babies 10 members crew – several nationalities
The plane was flying from Paris in France to Cairo in Egypt.
The Commander of Greek Civil Avition, Kostas Lyntzerakis, told Greek media in the morning that they had contact with the pilot at 3:05 a.m. local time. Attempts to contact the pilot again at 3:26 a.m., when the plane was exiting the Greek FIR were in vain. Three minutes later, the signal of the plane disappeared from the flight radar.
Greek authorities are investigating reports from residents of the Greek island of Karpathos but also by the captain of a merchant ship south of the island of Karpathos, that they saw “a flame in the sky”
Reports coming from Egypt seem rather confusing, with authorities to claim that they received a distress signal at 5:29 a.m. local time, which is due to time difference still one hour after the Greek Civil Aviation stopped receiving the signal and informed the Egypt Civil Aviation accordingly.
Egypt military denied it had received a distress signal from MS804, despite earlier confirmation from
At 10:45 a.m. Egypt Air confirmed the crash.
Search And Rescue forces from Greece and Egypt continue operation to locate the plane in a radius of 40 nautical miles around the latest position.
— MarineTraffic (@MarineTraffic) May 19, 2016
Egypt authorities said that Greece has the command over the SAR.
The scenarios speculate from ‘mechanical defect’ to ‘human error’ and ‘terror attack’ or even a ‘missile attack’. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that “No theory can be ruled out.”
The weather conditions were fair at the time of the crash.