EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared from airline radar Thursday morning with 66 people on board. Egypt’s civil aviation minister believes the plane has not been missing because of a technical issue but in fact it is an act of terrorism. Flight 804 was en route from Paris to Cairo.
What we know till now:
- EgyptAir Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel confirmed that the plane debris have been found near the Greek Island of Karpathos. The debris include rummage from the missing plane among with body parts, baggage and seats.
- U.S. government officials proposed their initial theory that a bomb took down the aircraft.
- Two minutes before the disappearance, Greek officials tried reaching out to the pilots on the flight, but got no response.
- The flight’s movements were radical, according to the Greek officials. As the plane left Greek airspace for Egyptian airspace, it suddenly dropped altitude of about 37,000 feet into the Mediterranean.
- The aircraft was carrying a total of 66 people – 56 passengers, seven crew members and three airline security officers. There are no signs of any survivors.
- Passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Canadians and nine other people. Two children and one infant were on board.