So tragic! EgyptAir has confirmed that a plane bound from Paris to Cairo has crashed over the Mediterranean Sea, taking with it the lives of the 66 souls onboard.
What devastating news. An EgyptAir flight has apparently crashed into the Mediterranean Sea just minutes before it was supposed to land at its destination of Cairo. The airline has confirmed that the jet went down after disappearing from radar despite the fact that there were security details onboard the doomed flight.
UPDATE: Egyptian forces found wreckage from the EgyptAir flight near the coastal city of Alexandria, Egyptian military said in a statement, according to CNN. Parts of the aircraft and passenger belongings were discovered.
According to the NY Times, two security officials at Cairo International Airport also said the plane was presumed to have crashed. but authorities have yet to offer any ideas on why the plane went down. The flight left Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 11:09 p.m. local time and should have landed at 3:05 a.m. but never arrived. It was carrying 69 people that included 59 passengers and 10 crew. Two infants and one child were also among the passengers. According to CNN’s meteorologist Michael Guy, conditions were clear and calm when the plane crossed over the Mediterranean, so bad weather isn’t to blame for the crash
The Egyptian military received a distress signal from the missing plane at 4:26 a.m. local time, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Ministry said according to the Times. What’s strange is that it would be nearly two hours after the plane was said to have lost radar contact. The authorities have not reported receiving any further distress signals in the hours since then according to the paper. The plane was flying at 37,00 ft altitude when the situation occurred that downed the jetliner.
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