Unfortunate news came out this morning, which was on the lines of some of the air accidents we have heard about over the past few years now. An Egypt Air Airbus 320 plane, operating flight MS 804 from Paris to Cairo last night, suddenly disappeared some 80 miles out of Cairo, while flying over the Mediterranean Sea.
The plane was reported to have 56 passengers and 10 crew, and the airline confirmed the disappearance a couple of hours after the plane went missing. The Greek ATCs confirmed to have spoken to the pilot of the plane when the plane was flying over Greece, and according to news reports, disappeared a couple of minutes after leaving the Greek Airspace.
According to latest reports from the Associated Press,
The director of Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority says air traffic controllers were in contact with the pilot of the EgyptAir flight as it passed through Greek airspace.
The director, Konstantinos Lintzerakos, said the plane was at 37,000 feet, traveling at 519 mph, and did not report any problem.
Lyzerakos told private Antenna television that controllers tried to make contact with the pilot 10 miles before the flight exited the Greek Flight Information Range (FIR), but the pilot did not respond. Lyzerakos says controllers continued trying to contact the pilot until 3:39 a.m. Greek time (1239 GMT) when the plane disappeared from the radar.
Lyzerakos says the plane was in Cairo’s FIR when it vanished.
According to Egyptian Aviation officials, also, who have talked on the condition of anonymity,
Egyptian aviation officials say an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed.
The officials say the search is now underway for the debris. They say the “possibility that the plane crashed has been confirmed,” as the plane hasn’t landed in any of the nearby airports.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
Of course this is not fully credible at the moment, but now the attention is focused on locating the plane. Nothing has been ruled out. No signals were received apparently from the plane before it went off the radar.
EgyptAir shares that the captain of the plane had over 6,200 hours of flying experience, and the co-pilot had over 2,700 hours of flying experience.
This is a developing incident, and we have no information at this moment about the cause of the issue. We will keep you updated.