EgyptAir MS804 terror fears: Greek authorities say missing plane made “sudden swerves” heightening chances of it being terror related
Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar moments before it was due to arrive in Egypt this morning, and ten miles into Egyptian airspace – with local officials suggesting it had crashed.
The plane, which was carrying 66 people including one Briton, 15 French nationals, a Belgian and a Portuguese national, left Charles De Gaulle Airport late last night.
A major search by air and sea is now underway to try to trace the plane and find the cause of the disaster.
Now Jean-Paul Troadec, the former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit, the BEA, said the disappearance was “almost certainly” caused by “an attack”.
Mr Troadec, one of the most respected names in aviation, said the lack of live emergency alert suggested a “brutal event”.
He told Europe 1 radio station in Paris: “A technical problem, a fire or a failed motor do not cause an instant accident, and the team has time to react.
“The team said nothing, they did not react, so it was very probably a brutal event and we can certainly think about an attack.”
Fears of an attack have been further fuelled after Greece’s Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told a news conference that the plane made “sudden swerves” as it entered Egyptian sirspace.
Mr Kammenos said the plane plunged from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet before the plane disappeared from radar at 10,000 feet.
He said: “At 3.39am the course of the aircraft was south and south east of (islands) Kassos and Karpathos .
“Immediately after it entered Cairo FIR it made swerves and a descent I describe 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right.”
EgyptAir initially said the Egyptian military had received a distress signal, but the military have since denied the claim.
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