EgyptAir plane crashes in Mediterranean
 

 

EgyptAir plane crashes in Mediterranean

New Delhi,19May,2016:An EgyptAir plane en route from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday with the wreckage found off the Greek island of Karpathos.EgyptAir has said that Egyptian Foreign Ministry has “confirmed finding the wreckage”. “The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that confirms the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No MS 804 near Karpathos Island,” the airliner said in a statement.Karpathos is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. “Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.Meanwhile, the Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane.Greek state television ERT reported that debris had been spotted some 425 km from Crete, about 100 nautical miles from the Airbus A320’s last known location.A Greek frigate also discovered two large plastic floating objects and two life jackets in a sea area 370 kilometres south of the island of Crete.The plane was carrying 56 passengers—including three children—seven crew members and three security personnel.Apart from 30 Egyptians, the plane was carrying 15 French passengers, two Iraqis and one each from Britain, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada.Earlier, French President Francois Hollande confirmed that the EgyptAir Airbus A320 had “crashed”.“We must ensure that we know everything on the causes of what happened. No hypothesis is ruled out or favoured,” Hollande said in a televised address.“Whether it was an accident or another hypothesis that everyone has on their mind—a terrorist hypothesis... at this stage we must focus on our solidarity with the families and the search for the causes of the catastrophe,” he said.Though nothing had been confirmed about the reasons for the crash both France and Egypt have come under attack from ISIS terror group in the past year.Paris prosecutor’s office said its accident department had opened an investigation into the incident.France is sending three investigators to Cairo along with a technical expert from Airbus, to join the probe.The team will include agents from France’s specialist Bureau of Investigations and Analysis.Greece’s Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the plane fell 22,000 feet and swerved sharply in Egyptian airspace before it disappeared from radar screens.“The plane carried out a 90-degree turn to the left and a 360-degree turn to the right, falling from 37,000 to 15,000 feet and the signal was lost at around 10,000 feet,” Kammenos said.However, Greek Aviation officials said earlier that air traffic controllers had spoken to the pilot a few minutes earlier and everything had appeared normal.


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