Search Underway in Mediterranean for Missing EgyptAir Plane

Search and rescue missions from Greece, Egypt and France are presently underway within the japanese Mediterranean close to the Greek island of Karpathos in efforts to find an EgyptAir aircraft that went lacking half an hour earlier than its scheduled arrival in Cairo earlier as we speak.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 departed from the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris on Thursday morning heading to Cairo. The aircraft got here in routine contact with air controllers in Athens and minutes later disappeared from the radars  in clear climate some 10 miles into Egyptian airspace.

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos advised a press convention earlier that the aircraft made two sharp turns earlier than vanishing from the radars.

“The aircraft carried out a 90-degree flip to the left and a 360-degree flip to the correct, falling from 37,000 to fifteen,000 ft and the sign was misplaced at round 10,000 ft,” Minister Kammenos mentioned.

A complete of 66 folks have been on board the 2003 Airbus A320 – 56 passengers and 10 crew members.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail mentioned it was too early to rule out any clarification, whereas Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi has kept away from making any feedback as to the causes behind the disappearance with out ruling out nonetheless terrorism or technical issues.

French President Francois Hollande, in the meantime, confirmed that the airplane “got here down and is misplaced” and that France has launched an investigation into the flight’s disappearance. “No speculation could be dominated out, nor can any be favored over one other,” he mentioned.

Among the many passengers are 30 Egyptian nationals, 15 French, two Iraqis, and one every from Algeria, Britain, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

Within the meantime, the UK’s international secretary, Philip Hammond, expressed his deep concern after confirming on Twitter {that a} British passport holder was on board the Airbus.

The vanishing aircraft comes as one other blow to Egypt’s tourism sector, which has seen vacationer numbers dwindle after the downing of a Russian jet final October in Sinai, killing all 224 folks on board.