Paris to Cairo Flight Goes Missing, May Have Crashed In Sea

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo dropped off the radar screen about 10 miles after entering Egyptian airspace. The Airbus 320 was over the Mediterranean Sea when it disappeared.

The plane lost contact about 3 hours and 40 minutes after leaving Charles de Gaulle airport, at 37,000 feet. There were 59 passengers and 10 crew aboard. (Other sources say 56 passengers, 3 security personnel and 7 crew members on board.)
EgyptAir is updating via its Twitter feed.

The Guardian is updating here.

The captain on flight has 6,000+ flying hours, including 2,000 on an A320.... there was no special cargo on the flight and no notification had been made to the captain of dangerous goods on board.

There was no distress call. So what happened to Flight MS804? Did it just fall into the sea or was it foul play? There have been several A320 incidents in recent years. But there was also Russia's Metrojet, an Airbus A321 that crashed in Sinai in October, 2015, killing 224 people. While Egypt disagreed, Russia and Western governments thought it was a bomb and ISIS claimed credit for it.

The head of Egypt's civil air agency says it probably crashed into the sea.

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    USA Today: (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Thu May 19, 2016 at 08:18:50 AM EST
    Greek officials said Thursday that an EgyptAir flight that disappeared over the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard apparently made two sharp turns then suddenly lost altitude before vanishing from radar.

    Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said the possibility of a terror attack as the cause of the crash of flight MS804 was "stronger" than technical failure.

    Warning: Autoplay video at the link

    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 21, 2016 at 07:18:28 AM EST
    But Lorry could use a shower

    Just over heard- (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 19, 2016 at 09:01:08 AM EST
    ......yeah...and...and....just your thoughts here....on....because..uh..uh..according to this Greek army general staff source ......uh......they have found.....uh...excuse the repetition, but "findings" reported by the Egyptian Air Force.   Findings is a pretty broad term to defin WHAT?


    Ahhhhh....I thought they found wreckage, "findings" I don't know what else there would be physically to report on at this point that would tell you anything.

    Yeah....yeah....it's so early in the investigation Bob that I think we all have to.......as you say...as we get the information........

    Welcome to the day in cable news.

    They'll be milking this story (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Thu May 19, 2016 at 09:23:21 AM EST
    for weeks, or until a better tragedy comes along.

    WaPo is reporting that wreckage (none / 0) (#4)
    by caseyOR on Thu May 19, 2016 at 12:54:02 PM EST
    from an airliner has been found in the sea off theGreek  island of Karpathos.

    Egypt has withdrawn claim that (none / 0) (#7)
    by caseyOR on Thu May 19, 2016 at 08:17:26 PM EST
    wreckage found off Karpathos is from the plane that was lost today, per WaPo. Still no idea what happened to that plane.

    Just go here (none / 0) (#5)
    by smott on Thu May 19, 2016 at 01:38:38 PM EST
    Check pprune.com

    Best source from professionals. Often used by the press.

    Egypt already calling it terrorism which is the best reason to think it might not be. The Egyptians are not friendly w the truth lol!
    Perhaps they are simply hoping to blame the French since the flight came from CDG I believe.

    Given its an Airbus I'd wait for more details.
    All that automation has proven too much for even experienced pilots in the past. But we'll see.

    CNN must be in (none / 0) (#6)
    by leap on Thu May 19, 2016 at 05:57:32 PM EST
     hog heaven.

    Wreckage now located (none / 0) (#8)
    by smott on Fri May 20, 2016 at 08:44:48 AM EST
    North of Alexandria.
    The Med is quite deep there I believe?

    Quite an Interestng coincidence that the event happene virtually the moment the plane entered Egyptian airspace.

    Brian Williams (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 20, 2016 at 12:27:03 PM EST
    "We HAVE to keep saying, every hour, EVERY MINUTE, we are no closer to knowing"

    You know what?   You don't actually .

    hahaha...actually that is a good general policy (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Fri May 20, 2016 at 12:34:34 PM EST
    for Brian Williams on any topic

    Just love that the Donald (none / 0) (#11)
    by fishcamp on Fri May 20, 2016 at 10:40:06 PM EST
    immediately said it was terrorists that knocked the plane down.  Like we're supposed to believe he's that connected he knows more about it than anybody else.  I don't think he knows much at all.

    same as hilliary? (none / 0) (#16)
    by linea on Sun May 22, 2016 at 01:11:12 PM EST
    clinton stated almost immediately that, "it does appear it was an act of terrorism."

    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat May 21, 2016 at 07:18:58 AM EST
    really busy one

    Egyptian Forensic experts cite explosion (none / 0) (#17)
    by Mr Natural on Tue May 24, 2016 at 08:02:25 AM EST
    Forensic experts believe explosion caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash

    "There isn't even a whole body part, like an arm of a head," said a forensics official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Egyptian Officials dispute explosion claims

    But an Egyptian justice ministry spokesman told the BBC no traces of explosives had been found.

    An independent aviation safety expert told the BBC that the condition of the remains could be the result of several scenarios.

    fair and balanced, just like Fox