EgyptAir: Mystery turns and distress signal

Search intensifies for aircraft that vanished yesterday
A huge search is continuing for the EgyptAir plane that vanished yesterday over the Mediterranean. Greek, Egyptian, French and UK military units are taking part in the operation close to the island of Karpathos in Greece.
Flight MS804 was flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board. Greece says radar showed the Airbus A320 made a sharp turn to the left, continued briefly eastwards while rapidly losing altitude, made a full circle, then disappeared.
“The picture we have at the moment on the accident as it emerges from the Greek air force operations centre is that the aircraft was approximately 10-15 miles inside the Egyptian FIR [flight information region] and at an altitude of 37,000 feet,” Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said.
“It turned 90 degrees left and then a 360-degree turn toward the right, dropping from 37,000 to 15,000 feet and then it was lost at about 10,000 feet.”
There are also reports that the EgyptAir aircraft sent a distress signal two hours after disappearing, at 04.26 local time. Meanwhile, amateur video taken on Karpathos showing debris on fire falling from the sky has been released by some international news organisations.
Egypt says the explanation is more likely to be a terrorist act than a technical fault. So far, no wreckage or debris has been found. Initial reports by Egyptian officials of lifejackets being located later proved unfounded. In France, the focus is on whether a breach of security occurred at Paris Charles de Gaulle, where security is already tight.
The same plane had already flown on Wednesday from Asmara in Eritrea to Cairo, then to Tunis, back to Cairo, then to Paris.
BBC / Travel Daily News


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