Greece: EgyptAir MS804 plunged 22,000 ft, swerved sharply - DefMin01:18

Greece: EgyptAir MS804 plunged 22,000 ft, swerved sharply - DefMin

Greece, Athens
May 19, 2016 at 15:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos said that the EgyptAir flight MS804 had made several sharp turns while losing altitude before it disappeared, speaking during a press conference from Athens, Thursday.

"At 03.37am, the plane was 10miles to 15 miles into Egyptian airspace, the Egyptian FIR, at 37,000 ft in altitude, made a 90 degrees left turn, and then a 360 degrees right turn, now going from 37,000 ft to 15,000 ft where we lost the contact we had at about 10,000 ft," said Kammenos.

Flight MS804 was expected to arrive in Cairo at 03:15 (01:15 GMT) on Thursday after taking off from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 23:09 (21:09 GMT). The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, according to flight tracking services. The airline also said that the Airbus A320 lost contact at around 02:30 (00:30 GMT), 10 miles (16 km) inside Egyptian airspace and was last registered at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 metres).

An investigation is underway and rescue teams have been dispatched, according to the company’s Twitter account. French President Francois Hollande has said the plane had crashed, citing French and Egyptian officials.

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Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos said that the EgyptAir flight MS804 had made several sharp turns while losing altitude before it disappeared, speaking during a press conference from Athens, Thursday.

"At 03.37am, the plane was 10miles to 15 miles into Egyptian airspace, the Egyptian FIR, at 37,000 ft in altitude, made a 90 degrees left turn, and then a 360 degrees right turn, now going from 37,000 ft to 15,000 ft where we lost the contact we had at about 10,000 ft," said Kammenos.

Flight MS804 was expected to arrive in Cairo at 03:15 (01:15 GMT) on Thursday after taking off from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 23:09 (21:09 GMT). The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, according to flight tracking services. The airline also said that the Airbus A320 lost contact at around 02:30 (00:30 GMT), 10 miles (16 km) inside Egyptian airspace and was last registered at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 metres).

An investigation is underway and rescue teams have been dispatched, according to the company’s Twitter account. French President Francois Hollande has said the plane had crashed, citing French and Egyptian officials.