Missing Egyptian flight: debris found in Mediterranean?

May 19, 2016 6:09 pm

The EgyptAir plane scheduled to make the following flight from Paris to Cairo, after flight MS804 disappeared from radar, taxies on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. (Image: Reuters)

An Egyptian aircraft, flying from Paris to Cairo had gone missing early on Thursday, May 19. It was later confirmed that it crashed into the Mediterranean and debris from the aircraft has now been found.


Flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean somewhere between Greece and Egypt, French President Francois Hollande confirmed earlier today.


Greek authorities launched a search for the flight, which had been missing for hours and finally spotted “two floating objects” near the area of the crash, global news agency Reuters reported.


Citing Greek state television, Reuters said debris was found “south of the Greek island of Karpathos.”


The airbus A320 was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two infants, in addition to crew members.


It disappeared from the radars early on Thursday and Egyptian officials said they were not eliminating any potential cause for the crash, including a possible terror attack.


EgyptAir has gone under fire several times this year, given the numerous turbulent incidents that occurred on different flights. Last March, a flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked by man and forced to divert to Lanaca International Airport in Cyprus. Following a state of panic in fear of a terrorist attack, it turned out the man pulled the stunt in order to see his estranged wife.


Last year, an attacker also brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.


AMEinfo Staff
By AMEinfo Staff
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