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The EgyptAir airliner which went out of radar on Thursday morning had made ‘sudden swerves’ mid-air and plunged before dropping off radars in the southern Mediterranean, Greece’s defence minister said.”At 3.39am the course of the aircraft was south and south-east of Kassos and Karpathos (islands). Immediately after it entered Cairo FIR and made swerves and a landing I describe; 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right,” Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told a news conference.

Greek authorities had mounted a search in the area south of the island of Karpathos without result so far, he said.
The plane went missing earlier on Thursday on its way from Paris to Cairo, French President Francois Hollande said. “Unfortunately the information we have assures to us that the plane came down and is lost,” Hollande said. “No hypothesis can be ruled out, nor can any be favoured over another.”

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Separately, Paris prosecutors said that they were opening an inquisition into matter.Greek authorities say a search is still underway off a remote Greek island for possible remains of the missing EgyptAir aircraft, with nothing being found.Air and sea assets of the Greek defence ministry were searching south of the island of Karpathos, where the aircraft with 66 people on board is thought to have vanished at about 00:30 GMT.”Absolutely nothing has been found so far,” a senior Greek coastguard official told Reuters.

The plane was carrying 56 passengers – with one child and two infants among them – and 10 crew members, EgyptAir said.They included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals, along with citizens of 10 other countries.
The pilot had clocked up 6 275 hours of flying experience, including 2 101 hours on the A320, while the first officer had 2 766 hours, the airline said.

Greek air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot as the jet flew over the island of Kea, in what was thought to be the last broadcast from the aircraft, and no problems were reported. But just ahead of the handover to Cairo airspace, calls to the plane went unanswered, before it dropped off radars shortly after exiting Greek airspace, Kostas Litzerakis, the head of Greece’s civil aviation department, told Reuters.”During the transfer procedure to Cairo airspace, about seven miles before the aircraft entered the Cairo air space, Greek controllers tried to contact the pilot but he was not responding,” he said.

 

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At one point EgyptAir said the plane sent an emergency signal, possibly from a beacon attached to the plane, at 04:26 a.m., two hours after it disappeared from radar screens. However, Civil Aviation minister Sherif Fathi said later that further checks found that no SOS from the plane was received.In water crashes, an underwater beacon attached to the aircraft’s flight recorders starts to emit a signal or ping. This helps search and rescue teams to locate the crash and find the boxes.An image showing the path of missing Egypt Air flight MS804 that disappeared on Thursday morning.At one point EgyptAir said the plane sent an emergency signal, possibly from a beacon attached to the plane, at 04:26 a.m., two hours after it disappeared from radar screens

At Cairo airport, authorities ushered families of the passengers and crew into a closed-off waiting area. However, two women and a man, who said they were related to a crew member, were seen leaving the VIP hall where families were being kept. Asked for details, the man said: “We don’t know anything, they don’t know anything. No one knows anything.”

EgyptAir said on its Twitter account that Flight MS804 had departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST). It disappeared at 02:30 a.m. at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280 metres) in Egyptian airspace, about 280 km (165 miles) from the Egyptian coast before it was due to land at 03:15 a.m.In Paris, a police source said investigators were now interviewing officers who were on duty at Roissy airport on Wednesday evening to find out whether they heard or saw anything suspicious. “We are in the early stage here,” the source said.Airbus said the missing A320 was delivered to EgyptAir in November 2003 and had operated about 48,000 flight hours. Greece said it had deployed aircraft and a frigate to the area to help with the search.

A Greek defence ministry source said authorities were also investigating an account from the captain of a merchant ship who reported a ‘flame in the sky’ about 130 nautical miles south of the island of Karpathos.The weather was clear at the time the plane disappeared, according to Eurocontrol, the European air traffic network. “Our daily weather assessment does not indicate any issues in that area at that time,” it said.Speed and altitude data from aviation websiteFlightRadar24.com indicated the plane was cruising at the time it disappeared.

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French President Francois Hollande’s office said the French leader had just spoken to his Egyptian counterpart and that both sides would cooperate closely. Under UN aviation rules, Egypt will automatically lead an investigation into the accident assisted by countries including France, if it is confirmed that an Airbus jet was involved.
“We are in close contact with the Egyptian authorities, both civil and military,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French radio. “At this stage, no theory can be ruled out regarding the causes of the disappearance.”

With its ancient archaeological sites and Red Sea resorts, Egypt is a popular destination for Western tourists. But the industry was badly hit following the downing of a Russian jet last year, an Islamist insurgency and a string of bomb attacks in the country.An Airbus A321 operated by Russia’s Metro jet crashed in the Sinai on Oct. 31, 2015, killing all 224 people on board. Russia and Western governments have said the plane was probably brought down by a bomb, and the Islamic State militant group said it had smuggled an explosive device on board.

The crash called into question Egypt’s campaign to eradicate Islamist militancy and has damaged its tourism industry, a cornerstone of the economy. Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on Egyptian soldiers and police since Sisi, as army chief, toppled freely elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.In March, an EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt. He was arrested after giving himself up.
In the same month, Islamic State suicide bombers hit Brussels airport and a metro train in the worst such attacks in Belgian history, killing 32 people.

Investigators believed they were carried out by the same cell that was behind November’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris which claimed the lives of 130 people. EgyptAir has a fleet of 57 Airbus and Boeing jets, including 15 of the Airbus A 320 family of aircraft.The last fatal event involving an EgyptAir aircraft was in May 2002, when a Boeing 737 crashed into a hill while on approach to Tunis-Carthage International Airport, killing 14 people.

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