This is so scary. The alleged EgyptAir Flight 804 crash may have actually been a terror attack that involved bombs, authorities are saying just hours after mysteriously went missing on May 18. Get the details here.
As officials investigate the mystery of missing EgyptAir Flight 804, they’ve determined that the plane’s disappearance was likely part of a planned terror attack, one that included setting off bombs. When the flight allegedly crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on the evening of May 18 as it was on its way from Paris to Cairo, it seemed there may have been tech problems with the plane — but now U.S. officials are operating on a theory that it was actually taken down by a bomb.
Experts are saying it’s unlikely that the plane was shot down because the region that Flight 804 went missing is one of the most monitored in the world, which would make it difficult to conceal such an attack. But aeronautics expert Gerard Feldzer said a terrorist attack involving a bomb is not out of the question, according to the Telegraph. “A bomb placed on board at Roissy or in Cairo is always possible because it’s difficult to make your airport 100 percent watertight, even in an airport with such tight surveillance as Roissy (Charles de Gaulle),” he said.
Because there was no live emergency alert when the plane went down, Jean-Paul Troadec, the former chief of France’s BEA (Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for civil aviation safety) national investigation unit, told Paris’ Europe 1 radio station that he’s almost certain the plane was destroyed in a terror attack. Unfortunately, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi and the head of Russia’s top domestic security agency, Alexander Bortnikov, agreed, with Sherif declaring that the possibility of a terror attack was a “stronger” possibility than technical failure.
“A technical problem, a fire or a failed motor do not cause an instant accident and the team has time to react,” Jean-Paul added. “The team said nothing, they did not react, so it was very probably a brutal event and we can certainly think about an attack.”
If Flight 804’s disappearance was a terror attack, it makes the whole situation even harder for victims’ families to bear. There were 66 people aboard the plane, including three security personnel and three children. As if all of this isn’t heartbreaking enough, it has been reported that the plane was only 175 miles from the Egyptian shore, meaning it was close to descending and landing at the time of the alleged crash.
The plane was in Greek airspace when it supposedly went down, making “sudden swerves” in mid-air, said Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos. He said the Airbus A320 suddenly dropped from 37,000 feet to 15,000ft before controllers lost signal around 10,000 feet, according to Daily Mail. Hours after it went missing, a Greek frigate discovered two large plastic objects in the water less than 250 miles from the island of Crete, near an area where a transponder signal from Flight 804 was emitted. If it happens to be debris from the plane, it will be investigated for traces of explosives, Gerard said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate what happened to Flight 804, but most of the evidence is proving that the plane was targeted in a terrorist attack. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families during such a scary and heartbreaking time.
HollywoodLifers, send your love to the victims and their loved ones as authorities work to find Flight 804. Keep checking back for more details.