Fight MS804, of EgyptAir disappeared at 2:26 p.m. UTC + 02:00, May 19, 2016. The flight left Paris Wednesday, carrying 66 people on its way to Cairo. NBC News reported that Egyptian officials said the aircraft was more likely to have been downed by terrorists, than by technical problems with the plane.
The EgyptAir flight MS804 was documented to have left the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, at 11:09 p.m. UTC + 01:00, on Wednesday. The aircraft vanished at 37,000 feet, moments after leaving Greek airspace and before it was due to land. French President Francois Hollande gave a statement to the press: “No hypothesis can be ruled out.” He also said it is too soon to speculate as to what caused the crash.
As reported by NBC, the debris from flight MS804 was found in the Mediterranean Sea, close to the island of Karpathos. The information was gathered from an EgyptAir Facebook post, which quoted the Egyptian ministry of civil aviation. The minister, Sherif Fathy, is also leaning toward the crash being a terrorist act, versus the plane having technical difficulties. He was quoted from NBC News, to have said at a press conference: “I haven’t seen, how do you call it, the bodies… I haven’t seen, how do you call it, the wreckage of the aircraft. There might be a high possibility that a crash has been there — but I’m only trying to use the term that should be used.”
According to NBC News, the plane had 56 passengers – including three children plus seven members of the flight crew and three security personnel. The airline had originally reported 69 people on board but have revised the count.
It was reported that the weather was not bad at the time the jet disappeared. The names of the crew and passengers have not been released.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
NBC News: EgyptAir Jet From Paris to Cairo Crashed, French President Says
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