An Egyptair flight MS804 with 66 people on board including crew members crashed this morning according Egyptian aviation officials
The plane took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11.09pm Wednesday and went missing at 2.45am Thursday on route to Cairo International
The aircraft was on route when it dropped from radar screens about 20 minutes from landing.
Egyptian aviation officials say it has crashed in to the Mediterranean Sea – although there are no reports of any debris yet and EgyptAir say reason for disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed.
Here are some quick facts about the crash…
Plane: Airbus A320, manufactured in 2003. This flight was the plane’s fifth of the day. It had already travelled to Asmara, Eritrea and Carthage in Tunisia. The pilot of the plane, has 6,275 flying hours experience. The copilot has 2,766
No weather issues at time of EgyptAir plane disappearance
There were no weather issues when the EgyptAir plane with 66 people on board went missing, according to European air traffic network manager Eurocontrol.
“There is no significant impact on traffic at present, although there is Search and Rescue activity in the area,” Eurocontrol said in a statement.
The 56 Passengers are of 12 nationalities. 15 French, 30 Egyptians, 1 British, 1 Belgium, 2 Iraqis, 1 Kuwaiti, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese, 1 Chadian, 1 Portuguese, 1 Algerian, 1 Canadian
Pilot stopped responding to air traffic controllers’.
Air traffic controllers were in contact with the pilot of the flight as it passed through Greek airspace according to the director of Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Konstantinos Lintzerakos said the aircraft was at 37,000 feet, traveling at 519 mph, and did not report any problems.
He said controllers tried to make contact with him 10 miles before the flight exited the Greek Flight Information Range (FIR) but received no response until the plane disappeared from the radar.
A distress signal was sent ‘after impact’
A distress signal sent from the plane was likely sent after impact, Egyptair is reported to have said. The call was transmitted at 4.26am Cairo time – with the plane dropping from radar at 2.45am.
It was received by military search and rescue team, indicating it was likely an automated signal after impact.
The plane is thought to have crashed near the Greek island of Karpatho. The EgyptAir plane MS804 crashed off the Greek island of Karpatho, according to an airport source. Although Greek, Karpatho is in Egyptian airspace. The south Aegean Island is 600 miles from the Egyptian coast.
Terror attack suspected: The Islamic State issued a chilling threat to ‘kill France’ just days before EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris vanished. The ISIS gave a murderous warning to France in an online video showing two young French boys executing a pair of prisoners.
- Daniel Fayemi for encomium.ng