Thursday, May 19, 2016
Greece’s Air Force, Navy Searching for Missing EgyptAir Jet MS804
By Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi -
May 19, 2016
egyptair-mesogeios-1070_0Greece has deployed its Air Force and Navy in efforts to help the Egyptian military locate a missing EgyptAir plane that was carrying 66 people on board. A tweet on the airline’s official account said that flight MS804 left Paris at 11:09 pm (2109 GMT), “heading to Cairo (and) has disappeared from radar.”
The airline also released statements via twitter that the last contact with the aircraft was at 2:45 am Cairo time (0045 GMT), as the plane entered Egyptian airspace at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,000 meters), and that there was no distress call made by the crew. EgyptAir said that on board the Airbus A320 were 56 passengers, including a little boy and two babies, seven crew members and three security men.
The Egyptian military has focused their search and rescue teams on a sea area north of the Egyptian coast. A source in the Greek General Staff said that in efforts to help find flight MS804, Greece’s Air Force has deployed their C-130 Hercules which is conducting search efforts in the region in cooperation with other aircraft participating in the search and rescue operation.
Also, they have deployed a Naval frigate to help in the search, as well as two helicopters that are on standby on the island of Karpathos. Further, he stated that the military does not have any information on the whereabouts of the passenger jet. “We only have information from the flight controllers from Greece and Egypt that the plane’s signal was lost when it was 130 miles away from Karpathos.”