The search for EgyptAir Flight 804 continues amid speculation over what caused the aircraft to crash, and now a new theory about falling space rocks threatens to send the entire air travel industry into turmoil.
Last week, a meteor weighing some 10,000 tons was sighted breaking up in the Earth’s atmosphere and fragments may still have been falling from the sky when the doomed EgyptAir flight was lost on radar.
The meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere above the state of Maine in America, but fragments of the space rock have been strewn from Greenland to Australia, with the largest piece recovered in Argentina. Experts believe large chunks of the meteor may have rained down on the Middle East and the Mediterranean where the EgyptAir flight was lost, according to the American Meteor Society.
As the search for the missing aircraft continues, searchers report recovering debris including life vests, luggage, small fragments of human remains, and pieces of the plane, but so far no black box, EgyptAir’s vice chairman Ahmed Adel told CNN.
“Any high velocity impact leads to defragmentations, and this is not indicative of what caused the accident. Let’s not jump to conclusions.”
Theories about the plane’s destruction range from terrorist-carried rockets to a mechanical failure to a laptop bomb like the one that brought down a Daallo Airlines plane in Somalia earlier this year.
Now, a new terrifying theory suggests the plane may have been brought down by falling space rocks, which, if true, threatens to send the entire airline industry into chaos.
Russian authorities sent out a meteor alert highlighting the potential danger to aircraft flying near the falling space rocks last week; that warning was passed on to anti-craft weapons systems in Syria and was monitored by a space surveillance station in Tajikistan.
Russia has some experience dealing with damaging meteors falling from the skies. Every handful of years the country is struck by incoming space rocks, most fall harmlessly on the empty countryside, but a 65-foot wide meteor crashed into Chelyabinsk in 2013 injuring 1,000 people and causing thousands of dollars in property damage.
Conflicting accounts of EgyptAir flight’s last moments continue to baffle investigators who are searching for the cause of the crash that claimed the lives of 66 people. Initial Greek accounts report the plane swerved wildly as it entered Egyptian airspace before it plunged dramatically and was lost on radar.
EgyptAir crash: plane showed 'no signs of technical fault' preflight https://t.co/fIWh5zyKiq— The Guardian (@guardian) May 25, 2016
The Egyptian air traffic controllers, however, are challenging that account saying they have no record of the plane dipping and diving before its radar signature disappeared from their screens.
French officials reported receiving 11 automated messages about smoke onboard the aircraft shortly before it was lost from radar en route from Paris to Cairo, although experts warn the alerts don’t necessarily mean a fire occurred. There are also conflicting reports on whether the captain issued a distress call.
No terror group has claimed responsibility for the crash and a check of the passenger list reveals no hits on the terror watch list, so the cause of the crash remains unknown, Adel told CNN.
“The decisive information is going to come from the black boxes, and they have not been retrieved yet.”
Submarines have been deployed in the search for the aircraft’s black box, and searchers hope to find the recording device before its batteries fail in the next 30 days.
Some conspiracy theorists, including two Turkish pilots who claim to have seen the plane shortly before it was lost, have alleged the crash was caused by a UFO, according to the Huffington Post.
“An unidentified object with green lights passed 2-3,000 feet above us. Then it disappeared all of a sudden. We are guessing it was a UFO.”
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