EgyptAir moody MS804: What we know

A print from Apr 2014 of EgyptAir Airbus A320-232 (registration SU-GCC) that has left blank while drifting from Paris to Cairo as Flight MS804Image copyright
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The blank craft is an EgyptAir A320-232 purebred as SU-GCC, graphic here in 2014

An EgyptAir Airbus A320 drifting overnight from Paris to Cairo crashed into a eastern Mediterranean Sea early on Thursday 19 May. Flight MS804 had 66 passengers and organisation on board.

Egypt’s troops and inhabitant airlines contend waste from a crashed moody has been recovered in a Mediterranean, 290km (180 miles) north of a city of Alexandria in Egypt.

Egyptian airfield officials contend investigators will check a waste and personal effects found with it.

Egypt, Greece, France, a US and a UK all have sent ships and aircraft to assistance with a hunt operation.

On Thursday, some disadvantage was reported found nearby a Greek island of Karpathos, though that news valid to be wrong.


When and where did a craft disappear?

  • Flight MS804 over Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport during 21:09 GMT (23:09 Paris time) on Wednesday, EgyptAir said. It was scheduled to land during Cairo International Airport during 01:15 GMT (03:15 Cairo time).
  • At 23:24 GMT (02:24 Athens time), a craft entered Greek airspace, a Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) pronounced in a statement.

  • Greek atmosphere trade controllers spoke to a commander during 23:48 GMT as a craft flew over a island of Kea. He was in good spirits and reported no problems, a HCAA said.
  • The controllers attempted to make hit with a craft during 00:27 GMT, before it left Greek airspace, though “despite steady calls, a aircraft did not respond”. The controllers afterwards called on a puncture magnitude and again there was no response.
  • At 00:29 GMT, a aircraft left Greek airspace and during 00:29.40 it dead from Greek radar, according to a HCAA.

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Relatives of some of a passengers arrived during Cairo airfield on Thursday morning

  • The craft mislaid hit with Egyptian radar during 00:30 GMT (02:30 Cairo time), when it was 280km (174 miles) from a Egyptian coast, EgyptAir said.
  • Search and rescue operations began during 00:45 GMT, a HCAA said.

What happened?

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos pronounced that before it had left from radar, a craft done dual sudden turns and unexpected mislaid altitude.

“It incited 90 degrees left and afterwards 360 degrees to a right, dropping from 37,000 [11,300m] to 15,000ft [4,600m] and afterwards it was mislaid during about 10,000ft [3,000m],” he told a news conference.

A Greek counterclaim method source progressing told Reuters news organisation that Greek officials were questioning an comment from a captain of a businessman boat who pronounced he had seen a “flame in a sky” some 240km (130 nautical miles) from Karpathos.

At one point, EgyptAir said on a Twitter page that a craft had sent an puncture vigilance during 02:26 GMT (04:26 Cairo time) – presumably from an puncture guide – dual hours after it had left from radar screens. But Mr Fathy pronounced after that serve checks had found no trouble calls had been received.


The concentration of a search

The area in that moody MS804 is suspicion to have crashed is one of a deepest in a Mediterranean, with a abyss of some-more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in some parts.

“I consider a arrogance is that this is a shoal H2O area though it’s not, this partial of a Mediterranean is unequivocally utterly deep,” oceanographer Dr Simon Boxall from a University of Southampton told a BBC.

“If it is where this waste has been found afterwards it sits on a operation where a sea building is some-more like a Alps, really imperishable and contoured. That area borders a large, low plain about 3km down.”

Ridges in a sea building could retard signals from a plane’s black box and also meddle with sonar from vessels acid for a wreckage, he added.


Why is terrorism suspected?

Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail was demure to assume over a means of a disappearance. “We can't bar anything during this time or endorse anything,” he told reporters.

That can usually be guarded when a craft is located and a cockpit voice and information recorders, ordinarily famous as a black boxes, are recovered.

However, Egypt’s polite aviation apportion pronounced a probability of a belligerent conflict bringing down a aircraft was “stronger” than technical failure.

The conduct of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was also quoted by a Interfax news organisation as saying: “In all likelihood, this is a belligerent act.”

Aviation experts concluded that there was small possibility that a technical disaster was responsible, while a European Organisation for a Safety of Air Navigation pronounced a continue was transparent during a time a craft disappeared.

In France, a concentration is on either a probable crack of confidence happened during Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

After final November’s Paris attacks, some airfield staff had their confidence clearway revoked over fears of links to Islamic extremists.

86,000

airport staff have confidence clearway to go flight-side

About 80

had clearway revoked after Paris attacks for links to radical Islam

  • 65,000,000 passengers used a airfield during 2015

  • Nearly 500,000 planes changed by a airfield in 2015

Last October, an Airbus A321 operated by Russia’s Metrojet was brought down by a bomb over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, murdering all 224 people on board. A internal associate of a jihadist belligerent organisation Islamic State (IS), called Sinai Province, pronounced it had smuggled a device on board.

An EgyptAir craft was also hijacked and diverted to Cyprus in March. An Egyptian male described by Cypriot authorities as “psychologically unstable” is in custody.


Who was on board?

There were 56 passengers, 7 organisation members and 3 confidence crew on board, according to Egypt’s polite aviation minister.

The passengers comprised 30 Egyptians, 15 French, dual Iraqis, one Briton, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Belgian, one Algerian and dual Canadians. Three of a passengers were children, dual of them infants, EgyptAir said.

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The kin and friends of those on house a craft have been entertainment during Cairo airport…

Egypt’s state-run al-Ahram journal identified a commander as Captain Mohamed Shokeir. EgyptAir pronounced he had had 6,275 hours of drifting experience, including 2,101 hours on a A320, while a initial officer had had 2,766 hours.


What do we know about a plane?

Airbus said a aircraft involved, an A320-232 purebred as SU-GCC, was delivered to EgyptAir from a prolongation line in Nov 2003.

The twin-engine aircraft had amassed approximately 48,000 moody hours.

The craft tracking website, Flightradar24, reported that on Wednesday a craft had flown from Asmara, in Eritrea, to Cairo, afterwards on to Tunis, in Tunisia, before heading, around Cairo, to Paris.

A320s typically chair 150 passengers in a two-class cabin, or adult to 180 in a high-density layout. They have a operation of adult to 6,480km (3,500 nautical miles).

The aircraft family initial entered use in 1988. At a finish of Apr 2016 some-more than 6,700 A320s were in operation worldwide, according to Airbus. To date, a whole swift has amassed roughly 180 million moody hours in over 98 million flights.


Are craft crashes function some-more frequently?

No. Despite several high-profile craft crashes in new years, information collected by a Aviation Safety Network (ASN) shows that 2015 had a record low sum of 16 deadly airliner accidents, ensuing in 560 fatalities.

ASN says that done 2015 a safest year ever in terms of a series of deadly accidents and a fifth safest year ever in terms of fatalities.

Given a approaching tellurian atmosphere trade of about 34,000,000 flights any year, a rate is 1 deadly newcomer craft collision per 4,857,000 flights, according to a group.