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debris that may be those of the aircraft were found off the Greek island of Crete by an Egyptian plane, said earlier this afternoon the spokesman of the Greek army, Vassilis Beletsiotis. They were located “by Egyptian C-130, in an area of elevated perspective depends Egypt. Boats will be sent there “ to check what it is, Mr. Beletsiotis indicated a
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- who was on board the device?
The plane, an Airbus A320, had 66 people on board: 56 passengers – including a child and two babies – and ten crew members, two pilots, three security guards and five crew cabin . EgyptAir communicated passenger nationality: 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, one British, one Belgian, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian
- What is the place of the flight?
23 h 09 , the MS804 flight left the airport terminal paris-Charles de Gaulle and took off 10 minutes later.
to 1 h 50 , the pilot is in contact with Greek air traffic controllers while the plane was above the island of Kea. During this last exchange, the driver says “no problem” , according to Greek civil aviation.
2 h 26 , the plane is about to get out of Greek airspace by flying at 37 000 feet. Greek controller tries to contact the pilot, as required by the regulations to report that he is about to enter Egyptian airspace, without success. No technical fault (altitude and speed) is detected before the plane sort of Greek airspace, according to data collected by two monitoring sites for commercial aircraft.
2 29 am , the device has entered Egyptian airspace. The driver does not respond to controller communications.
2 h 37 , the plane made two sharp turns and fall of 22,000 feet. Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, detailed at a news conference:
“The image we have is that at 0 h 37 GMT [2 h 37 local time], the plane, which was almost 10-15 miles in Egyptian airspace, made a 90 degree turn to the left and 360 degrees to the right in dropping 37 000 at 15,000 feet, where his image was lost, about 10 000 feet “.
2 h 39 , radar contact with the camera are lost. The aircraft was about 280 km from the Egyptian coast (175 miles), not fifty kilometers as EgyptAir had indicated initially.
It is 3 h 15 that the flight should have landed in Cairo.
the information is however contradictory regarding issuing a distress signal by the device. EgyptAir indicated that a signal has been received two hours after the disappearance of the aircraft, possibly issued by an automatic beacon. But the Egyptian army denied the report, spokesman wrote on his Facebook account, no “distress message” was received from the aircraft.
- What are the tracks envisaged to explain this disappearance?
the Egyptian Prime Minister Ismail Sharif, said it was too early to explain the disappearance of the aircraft, specifying not exclude any hypothesis. The Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Chrif Fathy, confirmed not to “exclude the hypothesis of a terrorist act, or something that would report to a technical incident. “ Later, however, he felt that the hypothesis of a ” terrorist attack “ was ” most likely “ as a failure technical. “But I do not want to jump to conclusions” , has he said to Agence France-Presse.
Meanwhile, François Hollande said during a brief statement Thursday that the plane had “damaged” , insisting that “ no hypothesis is rejected, there is no preferred” . “ When we have the truth, we will have to draw all the conclusions, either an accident or other event that everyone has in mind, perhaps a terrorist event” Has -he added
The french president expressed his “compassion” and “solidarity” to against families of victims. He emphasized want “everything is available to Greek and Egyptian authorities [who jointly lead the Sea Research] for in connection with them, [the France can] send ships and planes “ to determine the place of disappearance, try ” recover debris “ and ” know the truth “ .
in France, a crisis unit was activated at Roissy airport, “with all services State and Aéroports de Paris. We received representatives of EgyptAir and the Egyptian embassy “, said the prefect delegated to aéoroports Philippe Riffaut.
An emergency number has was set up by the Quai d’Orsay (01 43 17 55 95)
EgyptAir has also set up an emergency number. 0800 7777 0000 from Egypt and +202 2598 9320 in outside the country.