Air Flight from Paris to Cairo Crashes into the Mediterranean Sea
Boutros Hussein and Noriko Watanabe
Modern Tokyo Times
Civil aviation authorities in Egypt have announced that an EgyptAir Airbus A320 is missing after plunging into the Mediterranean Sea. It is believed that 66 passengers and crew were on board the flight leaving Paris to Cairo. Therefore, search and rescue operations are combing the area but chances of survival appear slim.
The majority of passengers on the plane come from Egypt and France according to information released by EgyptAir. Currently, it is not known what caused the flight to crash.
Apparently, the flight crashed in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea after entering Egyptian air space. It is known that Egypt and Greece have sent military personnel to the scene. Also, the government of France is sending planes and boats to help in the search for the missing plane.
The BBC reports “Flight MS804 left Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 23:09 local time on Wednesday (21:09 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive in the Egyptian capital soon after 03:15 local time on Thursday… It was flying at 37,000ft (11,300m) over the eastern Mediterranean when contact was lost, at 02:45 Cairo time (00:45 GMT).”
Air traffic controllers from Greece indicate that no problems existed within the air space of this nation. Controllers spoke to the senior pilot when the Plane was in the vicinity of Kea Island. According to Kostas Litzerakis, Department of Civil Aviation in Greece, he stresses that the pilot of the crashed flight “did not mention any problems.”
Voice of America comments about another recent tragic air accident involving Egypt by stating “The disappearance has renewed security concerns months after a Russian passenger plane blew up over the Sinai Peninsula. The Russian plane crashed in Sinai on October 31, killing all 224 people on board. Moscow said it was brought down by an explosive device, and a local branch of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for planting it.”
Lee Jay Walker at Modern Tokyo Times says “It could well be that the stricken flight crashed because of technical problems. However, with current terrorist attacks by Sunni Islamists in Belgium, Egypt, and France respectively, then clearly this angle will be investigated.”
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