EgyptAir Flight MS804, which departed from Paris, headed to Cairo at 11:09 p.m. Central European Time (CET), has been confirmed missing. Flight MS804 had 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board. The missing Airbus warranted a search and rescue team to be deployed after having been missing over an hour. The search and rescue will soon be followed up with a water search.
Terrorism is what it looks like due to the lack of any hazardous weather, according to a CNN expert. For the first couple of hours, Flight MS804 had to deal with winter weather reports, but after facing the initial light weather bumps in the first hour or two, the Airbus A230 did not face any weather obstacles for the remainder of the flight.
The flight was lost while at an altitude 37,000 feet and climbing. An altitude near the cruising height. The fact that it started to rise again so close to landing indicates that “usually (the) outcome is not good,” according to Mary Schiavo, CNN’s Aviation Analyst.
The country also has asked other nations to get involved, because it was lost in the area of the Mediterranean Sea, an extremely tough area to be found in, according to Schivano. Also, that is what has called for a water search.
Flight MS804 headed to Cairo was an estimated 80 miles away, which was approximately only ten minutes until arrival. The flight was controlled by an experienced crew; the captain had logged over 6,000 flying hours, according to sources with EgyptAir. The A230 plane was made in 2003, and the plane itself was on its fifth flight of the day.
There was no distress call, adding more alarm to the situation. The airline confirmed that there were infants and older children aboard included in the flight manifest. The Associated Press reported that Ihab Raslan, a Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt spokesman, said that most likely Flight MS804 had crashed into the sea.
The flight from Paris to Cairo usually takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. The airline reported the plane missing at 2:45 a.m. CET. CNN Safety Analyst reported live over the phone, saying that every time he and his team look into the weather the worse the situation of the flight is looking. There is no confirmed detail on possible reasons for the plane’s disappearance.
The Public Slate will provide updates as they become available.
By T. Aaron DeGeorge
Edited by Cathy Milne
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