EgyptAir Aircraft Crash: Debris not of MS804


Time: 8:37 a.m. CEST Latest Update: 10:28 p.m. CEST

Earlier information on the wreckage found distributed to CNN now are retracted by EgyptAir, at least to CNN, the Guardian writes. “The airline has yet to make any public statement, but multiple CNN editors and correspondents are reporting that they managed to contact EgyptAir.” the Guardian reports. EgyptAir Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel said to CNN“s  Christiane Amanpour about the found wreckage. Later, that was retracted.

“We stand corrected,” Airline vice-president Ahmed Adel has told CNN. The wreckage “is not our aircraft”. The French Agence France-Presse said that “Greek air-safety authorities deny location of wreckage,” and said, “the debris found does not come from a plane.”

Egypt’s investigation faces difficult obstacles to finding out what exactly brought down MS804, Reuters reports – including basic coordination with other nations.

The United States offered its assistance, even though the aircraft crashed near the the Greek waters. The White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday the U.S. “stand ready” to provide that assistance, as soon as they are ready to integrated in the their effort. The White House National Security Council adviser to the President, Ben Rhodes said, “our government has not reached a formal determination what took place” in EgyptAir crash, the White House correspondents tweeted on Thursday.

“There was no immediate word on whether the United States, where engine maker Pratt & Whitney is based, would take part,” the Guardian said. France, Greece and Egypt are leading the efforts to find the reason for the EgyptAir flight MS804 crash in the water of the Mediterranean.

French President François Hollande confirmed on Thursday that EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed and announces opening investigations together with Egypt and Greece. “It was feared that this plan had crashed,”Hollande said in France. An official in the Greece Ministry of Defense said to ABC News, the EgyptAir plane made 90 degree turn left and 360 degree turn before it disappeared from radar. CNN writes the Greek controllers “tried to reach the plane 10 miles before it left the country’s airspace, but received no response.”

      Key Moments: 

  •  The debris found includes life jackets and plastic materials, the airline said.
  •  Maintenance checks on the plane had been done on time and “no snags  were reported,” EgyptAir Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel said to CNN“s  Christiane Amanpour.
  • Checks of the passenger manifest have so far resulted in no hits on terror watch lists, officials with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The EgyptAir flight “swerved and then plunged” before its descent into the Mediterranean, the Greek Defense Minister said during a news conference, CNN reports. “At 3:37a.m. local time, immediately after the aircraft entered Cairo airspace at 37,000 feet, the aircraft swerved 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right and descended from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet and then 10,000 feet, when we lost the signal,” Panos Kammenos told reporters in Athens.

Speculation has centered on the possibility of a terrorist attack. Lesley Wroughton from Reuters asked the Secretary of State John Kerry if the U.S. intelligence agencies detect terrorist connection. Kerry, who talked from NATO headquarters in Brussels, said he would “not speculate on this, at this point in time,” as the State Department said in a press release of the news conference in Brussels.

Earlier, the Egypt air company said that the reason for  MS804 disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed. CNN publishes the statement of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi who said technical failures and terror are each possible explanations.

“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, as CNN reports.

An EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea at 2:45 a.m. Cairo time on Thursday, the airline confirmed the news on Twitter. The Airbus A320, made in 2003, was carrying 56 passengers and 10 airline staff, as the company said.

Search and rescue operation begin with the effort to find the plane. The relatives and families of passengers on board are inside the EgyptAir in-flight service at the Cairo International Airport with a number of doctors and translators being provided.

Flightradar24, global tracking service for air traffic published on Twitter last recorded point of contact with the missing flight.

In a statement on Facebook the airline said, most of the 56 passengers of the missing EgyptAir flight are Egyptian or French. These are nationalities, which passengers were aboard the airplane. Thirty Egyptian,15 French, two Iraqi, one Algerian, one Belgian, one British, one Canadian, one Chadian, one Kuwaiti, one Portuguese, one Saudi, one Sudanese were on the missing flight, together with 10 crew members.

The airplane departed Paris at 11:09 Central European Summer Time, the Washington Post said, and lost the contact with the tracking system at 2:45 a.m. local time. As the EgyptAir said in a statement on Facebook account, the aircraft lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 280 km from the Egyptian seacoast at 2:30 a.m. CLT, about one hour before the flight should have arrive at Cairo Airport at 3:15 a.m. CLT. The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when the air traffic tracker had last signal from the plane. The Flight MS804 disappeared 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. There was no distress call from the plane and no signs of losing altitude, as Ehab Mohy el-Deen, the head of Egypt’s air navigation authority said.

Later, as the New York Times publishes, the Egyptian military received a distress call from the missing plane at 4:26 a.m. local time, Civil Aviation Ministry’s spokesman said. As correct, that would be two hours after the plane disappeared of the radars. The EgyptAir wrote on the Twitter account the military had received the distress call from the emergency devices of the airplane. But, Egypt’s military in a statement denied receiving of the distress signal.

EgyptAir Holdings Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel said to CNN, the crew is very experienced, and the plane experienced no problems leaving Paris. The pilot has 6,000 hours of flight experience, including more than 2,000 hours flying the same model aircraft, EgyptAir announced, and the co-pilot has about 3,000 flying hours.

 

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