The tragic EgyptAir Flight 804 crash remains an ongoing investigation, but here’s everything you need to know about the missing plane, it’s demise, and the passengers onboard.
On Wednesday night, May 19, EgyptAir Flight 804 dropped off of the radar during a routine flight from Paris, France to Cairo. Authorities from both Egypt and Greece are desperately searching for the plane, which allegedly crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, but until it’s recovered here’s all of the information we have so far.
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.
1.) EgyptAir Flight 804 Was Not Far From Landing
According to Google Maps, it’s exactly 4,592 km from Paris to Cairo. That’s approximately 2,853 miles, and it has been reported by officials that EgyptAir Flight 804 was only 175 miles from the Egyptian shore. Sadly, the flight would have been close to descending and preparing for landing when it allegedly crashed.
2.) There Were 66 People On Board
Unfortunately, all 56 passengers are now missing along with the debris of Flight 804. Of those 56 passengers, there were three children included, plus an additional seven crew members and three security personnel.
3.) A Terrorist Attack Has Not Been Ruled Out
As investigators continue to look into how Flight 804 might of crashed, and officials search for debris from the plane, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy refuses to rule out the alleged crash as an attack. In fact, he refuses to use the word “crash” and will only refer to the plane as “missing” until it is recovered in any way, shape, or form to prove what really happened.
4.) EgyptAir Flight 804 Was An Airbus A320
5.) EgyptAir Flight 804 Went Missing In Greek Airspace
In case you were wondering why Greece was part of the search for Flight 804, it’s because the plane went missing while flying through their airspace. It was when Greek controllers tried to reach the plane that it didn’t respond, and then they claimed that when the plane reached Cairo airspace it “swerved sharply” before plunging 37,000 feet into the Mediterranean Sea, reports CNN.
Our thoughts remain with the family, friends, and victims of EgyptAir Flight 804.