EgyptAir flight 804 has crashed near the Greek island of Karpathos after disappearing from radar on its way from Paris, France, to Cairo, Egypt, in the overnight hours. According to CNN, the Airbus A320 was carrying 66 people (inclusive of passengers and crew members).
Terrorism (or a “deliberate act”) is highly suspected as the reason that this plane fell out of the sky.
As of this time, officials believe that this plane crashed more than likely due to terrorism rather than due to a technical issue. All of the information that has been collected thus far suggests that there was a bomb set off onboard the flight.
Since there was no S.O.S. and no bad weather, the lack of evidence seems to suggest that this was not pilot error or a plane malfunction.
EgyptAir flight 804 was traveling at 37,000 feet when something went terribly wrong. The aircraft was just about to exit Greece’s airspace when air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilots. Just minutes later, the plane started “swerving” in the sky before dropping several thousand feet.
“At 2:29 a.m., just after it had entered Egyptian airspace, the plane swerved 90 degrees to the left, and then 360 degrees to the right before plunging first to 15,000 feet, then 10,000 feet, before dropping off radar.”
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 19, 2016
President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation, and the U.S. has offered to help in the search for the plane and the investigation. At this time, it is believed that the U.S. has already received a list of the people who were onboard the plane and that officials know if there was any individual on a “watch list” that was on the flight. This may be the reason that the U.S. is leaning toward this tragedy as being a result of a “deliberate act.”
Officials in Egypt are being extremely careful with the information they release and are being cautious about making statements about what happened to the Airbus A320. Even still, terrorism is a strong possibility from their perspective as well.
“We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the possibility of technical fault. I will continue to use the term missing plane until we find any debris. I don’t want to go to speculation. I don’t want to go to assumptions like others. But if you analyze this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem,” said Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 19, 2016
The fuselage of EgyptAir flight 804 has not been located.
Egyptian and Greek military vessels and aircraft are currently searching for the downed plane. Some family members of those onboard are holding out hope about their loved ones, praying that survivors are found. However, time is not on their side.
“Survival times in such waters range from two to seven hours for the elderly or individuals in poor health, while they range anywhere from two to 40 hours for healthier individuals,” said CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.
According to Reuters, a ship in Greece about 230 miles south of the island of Crete has found “pieces of plastic” in their search for the missing plane. It’s unclear if these plastic pieces are part of the fuselage.
While terrorism is suspected is the crash of EgyptAir flight 804, no terrorist group has taken responsibility. ISIS has been very quiet over the past 24 hours.
Updates to follow.