EgyptAir flight MS804

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The plane was flying overnight from Paris to Cairo. It departed at 21:09 GMT in Paris and disappeared from the Egyptian radar at  00:30 GMT on Thursday 19 May.

It was later reported that the plane had crashed in the Mediterranean sea. A fire may have occured at the front of the aircraft. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

All 56 passengers, seven crew members and the three security personnel from the flight are presumed dead. The passengers comprised 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.

Floating debris have been found to the east of the plane’s last known location. The search is now focused on finding the black box flight data and voice recorders of the plane in an area with a 65 km (40 mile) radius. The area in which the plane crashed is one of the deepest in the Mediterranean sea and ridges from the ocean floor could block signals from flight recorders and sonars from vessels searching for wreckage. Therefore, finding the black boxes may take up to one month.

 

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Greece, France, the United States and other nations are searching about 130 nautical miles southeast of the Greek island of Karpathos. The European Space Agency said that its Sentinel-1A satellite had spotted an oil slick near where the plane is believed to have crashed. However, this oil slick may not have been caused by the plane.

The preliminary report of the investigation will be available within a month.

 

 

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