In very worrying news this last morning, a passenger plane travelling from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt has disappeared off the radar somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea.
The EgyptAir plane was carrying 57 passengers, including one child and two baby, as well as 7 cabin crew and 3 security personnel from the airline when it enigmatically disappear 3 hours and 40 minutes into a 4 hour flight.
Passengers on board include 30 Egyptian nationals, 15 French citizens, 2 Iraqis, 1 British passenger, as well as 1 national from each of the following countries: Canada, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Portugal.
With worrying similarities to the Malaysian Airlines MH370 incident, when a plane disappeared while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing back in March 2014 – and has never been found – people are obviously dreading the worst.
The plane was flying at 37,000 fit over the eastern part of the Mediterranean when contact with air traffic control was lost at around 2:30am Cairo time (12:30am British time). While no distress call was thought to have been made prior to the aircraft’s disappearance, it is thought that a signal was received by Egypt’s military at 04:26 Cairo time, nearly two hours after the flight went missing.
There is supposition that the aircraft may have crashed, after the Greek Merchant Navy reported seeing a “flame in the sky” in the south Mediterranean. While these reports have not been confirmed, both a Greek aviation official and Egyptian aviation officials are reported to have put the disappearance down to a crash.
The Greek and Egyptian armed forces are currently involved in a hunt for the missing plane both in the air and at sea, and France will shortly be sending boats and planes for further succour.