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


Check Also

Bergen two new routes, Billund one

Air France and Wizz Air announce fresh expansions

data recorder, black box, accident, crash, flight, sea, eject, float, Egypair, Cairo, France, Mediterranean

Crashed EgyptAir flight’s black box fixed

Still no evidence to link crash to terrorism

MSC, cruise, Air France, France, Paris, fly&cruise, Caribbean

Air France and MSC Cruises partner for Cuba

Airline and cruise giant strengthen Caribbean partnership

egyptair, accident, Mediterranean, fire, bomb, explosive, traces, investigation

Attempt to put out fire on EgyptAir flight

Voice recorder still has to be fully investigated

cabin crew, Air France, hostess, tips, long-haul, flight, survive, sleep, relax, how, beauty, clothes, position, alcohol, caffeine, stretch

Air France strike hits over 150,000 people

And union threatens even more strikes after this one

emirates, British Airways, Air France, amenity, design, wellness, spa, beauty, airline, air travel, luxury, first class

Airlines offer spa and luxury products

Trend brings massages and skincare to lounges