Missing Flight, EgyptAir Jet Confirmed Crashed, 66 Dead

DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

An aircraft that was supposed to go to Cairo from Paris went missing while flying over the Mediterranean. Via BBC reporting, the French President, Francois Hollande, confirmed that the plane crashed into the Mediterranean.   

After leaving the Greek airspace, the EgyptAir flight went missing at 2:30 Cairo time. The plane was 174 miles from the Egyptian coast, which is just inside the Egyptian airspace, at 37,000 ft.

According to BBC, the plane crashed in seas south of Karpathos, a Greek island. A major search is being conducted to find the missing plane. So far, there are no news on what caused the plane to fall and no traces of the plane, yet.

Mr. Hollande said he was keeping an open mind on the crash.

He said, “We will draw conclusions when we have the truth about what happened. Whether it was an accident, or whether it was – and it’s something that is on our minds – terrorism.”

It would not be the first crash in recent history that was a purposeful act by the pilot.

There were a total of 66 people on the plane. On board of the EgyptAir flight, were 56 passengers. There were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, one Briton, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Belgian, one Algerian, and one Canadian. Out of the 56 passengers 3 of them were children, two of which were infants. The other 10 people on the flight were seven crew members and three security monitors, according to Egypt’s civil aviation minister.

EgyptAir Crash 2Courtesy BBC/Tribune News Service

The pilot of the missing airplane was Captain Mohamed Shokeir. According to BBC, he had 6,275 hours of flying experience. He had 2,101 hours on the A320, which is the type plane that he was flying and that is now missing.

Ships were sent out from all over the world to help look for the missing aircraft. The following countries who sent out ships were Egypt, Greece, France, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom.

Debris has been found in the Mediterranean by Egypt’s military and national airlines. According to BBC reporting, Egyptian airport officials say investigators will search the debris and personal luggage found with it.

Fellow senior, Juan Garcia, said, “First of all, how does something that big go missing so suddenly?  And to all the people that were on that plane, they shall rest in peace.”