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Its something weird going on!! Over the last couple of years airplanes have disappeared while in flight. On May 19, 2016, EgyptAir flight 804 vanishes with 66 people on board. Check out the full story below.
The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he was told the flight crashed, but Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said he preferred to classify the flight as missing.
“We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the possibility of technical fault,” Fathi said at a Cairo news conference. “I will continue to use the term missing plane until we find any debris.”
Later at the same news conference, he indicated that while there were “no known security issues” with passengers aboard the plane, the probability of terrorism downing it is higher than the likelihood of a mechanical cause.
“I don’t want to go to speculation. I don’t want to go to assumptions like others. But if you analyze this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem,” Fathi said.
For now, however, finding the airplane and any possible survivors is the priority, authorities said.
— An Egyptian search aircraft has spotted two floating objects 210 nautical miles southeast of Crete, but it’s unclear whether the objects are part of the missing aircraft, according to a spokesman for Greece’s Hellenic National Defense General Staff.
— President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation, said Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. The U.S. military is monitoring the situation and willing to assist if necessary, a U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the latest information told CNN. A U.S. Navy task force in the region is making preparations to help if called, the official said.
— The airplane “swerved and then plunged” before descending into the Mediterranean, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told reporters.
— Greek controllers tried to reach EgyptAir Flight 804 about 10 miles before it left the country’s airspace and for about 90 seconds after and received no response, the head of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority told Greek broadcaster ANT1 TV.
— Prosecutors in Paris have opened an investigation into the disappearance of the plane, the office said.
The flight seemed to be proceeding normally until it approached Egyptian airspace. Greek controllers talked to the pilot when the plane was near the Greek island of Kea at 37,000 feet at an air speed of 519 mph. Everything seemed fine at that point.
Weather conditions were clear at the time, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.
At 2:29 a.m., just after it had entered Egyptian airspace, the plane swerved 90 degrees to the left, and then 360 degrees to the right before plunging first to 15,000 feet, then 10,000 feet, before dropping off radar, Kammenos, the Greek defense minister, told reporters.
The flight left Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday for what should have been about a 3½-hour flight.
Aboard were 56 passengers and 10 cabin crew members and security officers. The passengers were predominantly Egyptian — 30 in all — but also aboard were 15 French citizens, including an infant; two Iraqis; and one from each of the following countries: Britain, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada, according to Fathi, the Egyptian