EgyptAir Debris Found - Partial Closure to an Aviation Tragedy
Egyptian authorities have revealed that debris from doomed EgyptAir Flight MS 804 that crashed yesterday has been found in the Mediterranean Sea, some 180 miles north of Alexandria, Egypt and close to the Greek island of Karpathos.
Flight MS 804 was en route to Cairo, Egypt from Paris, France when it disappeared from radar at hand off to Egyptian aviation from Greek radar monitors some 10-15 miles into Egyptian airspace.
The Airbus A320 aircraft was flying at 37,000 feet when it swerved 90 degrees to the left, then a 360 degree veer to the right, then disappeared from radar at 10,000 feet. Sixty-six people perished on the flight - 56 passengers and a crew of ten, including three Egyptian security officers. Of the Passengers, 30 were Egyptians, 15 French, 2 Iraqis, and one each from United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Portugal, the BBC-News reported. One child and two infants were among the passengers.
Earlier today, Egyptian officials reported finding a debris field that has been confirmed as MS 804, thus providing partial closure that some wreckage has been found with the prospect of recovering the aircraft's flight recorders that could provide definitive proof as to the cause of the plane's disaster.
Speculation of terrorism has not been followed by a claim of responsibility from any extremist group, hence the international investigation into the tragedy continues to pinpoint the true cause of the "utmost sadness and regret" of many families as described by the Egyptian President Abdel al-Sisi.