In an another disastrous airline accident, an EgyptAir Airbus A320 flight carrying 56 passengers (with 1 child and 2 infants) and 10 crew members crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday morning. The EgyptAir Flight MS804 flew from Paris at 21.09 GMT on Wednesday, but could not manage to reach its destination Cairo. Earlier morning, it was reported that the plane lost contact with the air traffic controllers and disappeared from radar when it was about 280 km from the Egyptian seacoast, over the Mediterranean between Greece and Egypt. Later, Egyptian Civil Aviation department told the media that they believed the jet had crashed.
EGYPTAIR confirms that there are 56 passengers in addition to 10 cabin crew members onboard the aircraft.
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) 19 May 2016
EgyptAir confirmed the nationalities of passengers on Twitter as 30 Egyptian, 15 French, 2 Iraqi, 1 British, 1 Belgian, 1 Kuwaiti, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese, 1 Chadian, 1 Portuguese, 1 Algerian and 1 Canadian.
Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail reached the Cairo International Airport soon after getting the news of disappearance of the flight and told media that search operation has been initiated for the missing plane, adding that nothing accurate could be figured out. Few officials said the possibility that the plane crashed has been confirmed as it hasn’t landed in any nearby airport, the Associated Press reported.
Director of Greece Civil Aviation Authority Konstantinos Lintzerakos said Greek air traffic controllers were in contact with the pilot who reported no problems as the aircraft cruised at 37,000 feet, traveling at 519 mph (830 kilometers per hour). Air traffic controllers tried to establish contact with the pilot as the plane was just 10 miles behind crossing the Greek Flight Information Region, but the pilot did not respond. The controllers kept on trying the make contact, but soon the plan disappeared from the radar, he added.
Greek Defense minister said the plane made abrupt turns and suddenly lost altitude. The plane fell around 22,000 feet before disappearing from radar. French President Francois Hollande also confirmed in a press conference about the crash of plane. He said, “The information that we have managed to gather confirm, alas, that this plane has crashed, and it has disappeared.”
Egyptian and Greek military aircraft and boats are now looking for the debris of plane.