EgyptAir MS 804 is believed to have crashed in the Mediterranean Sea. Today, the search for wreckage, clues and answers continues as the airline as well as families and friends of passengers and crew struggle to make sense of the unexpected tragedy.
The ordeal began when flight MS 804 suddenly disappeared from radar. The plane is an Airbus A320 making its routine flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to Cairo International Airport. The flight was supposed to take an estimated time of three hours and 33 minutes, according to Flight Aware.
But Egypt Air Flight 804 never made it. Instead, it lost contact with radar at around 2:30 a.m. local time around 280 kilometers from the Egyptian sea coast over the Mediterranean sea. It was almost at the end of its flight, which was expected to arrive in Cairo at 3:15 a.m. local time.
According to EgyptAir, Flight 804 had 56 passengers and 10 crew members (seven crew members and 3 EgyptAir security personnel). The passengers included 15 French nationals, 30 Egyptian nationals, two Iraqi nationals, one British, one Belgian, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian. The airline said there were two infants and one child aboard.
The flight had flown the route at least ten times this month before the incident occurred. There were earlier reports that terrorism may be involved in EgyptAir Flight 804’s disappearance, but it was later believed it was not the case.
According to the Greece Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the flight had been flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet with seemingly no problems before the situation changed abruptly and the plane disappeared from radar. “The plane carried out a 90-degree turn to the left and a 360-degree turn to the right, falling from 37,000 to 15,000 feet and the signal was lost at around 10,000 feet,” he explained.
Moreover, according to a report from Channel News Asia, Greek Civil Aviation Chief Constantinos Litzerakos said that flight controllers spoke with EgyptAir Flight 804’s pilot 25 minutes before it went missing. “He did not mention a problem,” he said.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have declared that a wreckage belonging to EgyptAir Flight 804 has been found. However, recent reports are claiming that the said wreckage did not belong to the missing flight.
Following the incident, EgyptAir has expressed its deepest sympathies to the families of the passengers and crew. The search continues.