Thursday, May 19, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: EgyptAir flight MS804 plane 'damaged and lost', search still underway


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EgyptAir flight MS804 plane 'damaged and lost', search still underway. (AlAhram) (France24).(Egyptianstreets).

Updated! : Alleged video of EgyptAir MS804 filmed by a greek resident, shows airplane as a fire ball is probably fake:
Alleged Video of EgyptAir MS804 filmed by a greek resident, shows airplane as a fire ball.
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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew crashed in the Mediterranean sea early Thursday morning, according to a Greek airport source. 

  • EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:30am local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet.
  • The plane crashed in the Mediterranean sea, according to a Greek airport source. 
  • The plane was an Airbus 320. The captain has 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on the A320 while the copilot has 2,766.
  • The 56 passengers on the plane included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one passenger each from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Portugal, Algeria, Canada and Kuwait.
  • France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio that "no theory can be ruled out" in investigating the flight’s disappearance.
  • Egypt's army says search aircraft and naval vessels have been dispatched to the site where the plane vanished from radars.
  • Egyptian officials are due to hold a press conference at 1pm local time (GMT +2)
  • EgyptAir is offering toll-free numbers for passengers' relatives to call for more information: 080077770000 from any landline in Egypt, and +202 25989320 from any mobile phone or from outside Egypt.
12:20 French President Francois Hollande has announced that they have confirmation that the EgyptAir plane reported missing has been 'damaged and lost'. Hollande stressed that no hypothesis should be ruled out, but they are keen on "finding the truth".
Earlier, France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday "no theory can be ruled out" in the missing EgyptAir flight.

12.10 According to AP, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says "nothing is confirmed" regarding the disappearance of the EgyptAir flight and is warning against some unverified information in circulation.
Ayrault, speaking after meeting with families gathered at a hotel at Charles de Gaulle airport, tells journalists the priority is "solidarity" with them and extended a "message of compassion and support."
He says French authorities are in direct contact with Greek and Egyptian authorities.
11.20 Egypt's army said it is taking all the necessary procedures to find the missing plane by dispatching a number of rescue and search jets along with navy vessels specialised in rescue and relief operations. 
A high alert has been imposed in military hospitals and the army is currently in coordination with the cabinet and the foreign and civil aviation ministers to provide the needed support.
The army spokesman said the search for the disappeared plane is taking place where the plane reportedly went missing, with the participation of jets from Greece.
Fifty-six passengers including 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, one Briton, one Canadian, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian, one Belgian, one Kuwaiti and one Saudi were on board of the missing plane in addition to 10 crew members. 

11.05 According to Reuters, Greece is deploying military aircraft and a frigate to an area in the southern Mediterranean where an EgyptAir aircraft vanished from radar screens early on Thursday, its defence ministry said.
Meanwhile, AP reports that the French military says a Falcon surveillance jet monitoring the Mediterranean for migrants has been dispatched to help search for the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the area.
Military spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron told The Associated Press that the jet is joining the Egypt-led search effort, and the French navy may send another plane and a ship to the zone.
He said the Falcon was on a surveillance mission as part of EU efforts to monitor migrants crossing the Mediterranean toward Europe.
10.45 According to AP, the director of Greece's Civil Aviation Authority says air traffic controllers were in contact with the pilot of the EgyptAir flight as it passed through Greek airspace.
The director, Constantine Lyzerakos, said the plane was at 37,000 feet, traveling at 519 mph, and did not report any problem.
Lyzerakos told private Antenna television that controllers tried to make contact with the pilot 10 miles before the flight exited the Greek Flight Information Range (FIR), but the pilot did not respond. Lyzerakos says controllers continued trying to contact the pilot until 3:39 a.m. Greek time (1239 GMT) when the plane disappeared from the radar.
Lyzerakos says the plane was in Cairo's FIR when it vanished.

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