Athens, May 20, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
In progress is the thriller with the disappearance of the MSR Flight 804 of EgyptAir, with the evidence so far indicating that the aircraft crashed south of Karpathos, inside the Egyptian airspace, as safety equipment allegedly belonging to the fatal Airbus were discovered.
The statement was made at the French Press Agency (AFP), the source of the Greek Civil Aviation Authority.
“At around 03.29 local time, while it was in the egyptian airspace, the aircraft disappeared from the greek radar… crashed approximately 130 miles from the island of Karpathos”, explained an anonymous Greek source. Indeed, the image of the last moments of the flight before it disappeared, as was presented by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, raises many questions. The plane made a vertical dive of thousands of feet.
Kammenos: It plummeted from 38,000 to 15,000 ft – It was lost at 10,000 ft
Kammenos said the flight of EgyptAir MS made sharp turns and suddenly lost altitude shortly before disappearing from the radar, just minutes after leaving the FIR of Athens and having entered that of Cairo. The Greek Defence minister also stated that the aircraft was 10 to 15 miles inside the FIR of Cairo and a height of 37,000 feet.
“Then it turned 90 degrees left and then made a 360 degree turn to the right, it fell from 38,000 to 15,000 feet and then disappeared at 10,000 feet”.
Hollande: We must find out whether it was an accident or a terrorist act
A little later, in fact, French President Francois Hollande confirmed at a press conference the above news, but stressed that “it is too early to conclude what caused the crash”.
The French president said that the aircraft crashed while flying in Egyptian airspace over the Mediterranean, while he did not ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
“We need to know the truth, whether it was an accident or a terrorist act”, he said. “We must ensure that we know exactly what happened. No case is dismissed, since none is more likely”, he added, then hasten to express his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
France and Egypt exchanged condolences
The foreign ministers of France and Egypt exchanged condolences after the crash of the aircraft, is mentioned in a statement of the Egyptian Foreign ministry. Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday morning by French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Hérault a message in which he expressed his condolences for the plane crash. Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed to him his condolences for the French dead”, says the statement and is the first official document that suggests that there has been a plane crash and that people have died.