EgyptAir Jet Carrying 66 People Went into a ‘Sharp Spin’ and Fell 22,000ft…
Debris has been found in the search for the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board after the jet went into a sudden spin and plunged 22,000ft before vanishing off the radar.
Flight MS804 disappeared near the Greek island of Karpathos, ten miles into Egyptian airspace at around 00.30am GMT, without making a distress call.
A Greek frigate discovered two large plastic floating objects in the sea around 230 miles south of the island of Crete, Greek defence sources said.
The two objects appeared to be pieces of plastic in white and red and spotted close to an area where a transponder signal had been emitted.
Earlier, Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus A320 made ‘sudden swerves’ in mid-air, lurching 90 degrees to the left then 360 degrees to the right as it fell out of the sky.
He said the plane dropped from 37,000 feet to 15,000ft before the signal was lost at around 10,000 feet.
The revelation came after a former air accident chief said all the evidence was pointed to the plane being targeted in a terrorist attack.
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi also said the possibility of a terror attack was a ‘stronger’ possibility than technical failure.
The head of Russia’s top domestic security agency, Alexander Bortnikov, also claimed it was ‘in all likelihood it was a terror attack’.
The 56 passengers on board included one Briton, 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Belgian, one Iraqi, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi Arabian, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian. There were 10 crew members including three security guards.
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