An Egyptair Airbus A320-200, registration SU-GCC performing flight MS-804 (dep May 18th) from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Cairo (Egypt) with 56 passengers and 10 crew, was enroute at FL370 over the Mediterranan Sea about 130nm north of Alexandria (Egypt) and about 210nm northnorthwest of Cairo when the transponder signals of the aircraft ceased at 02:33L (00:33Z). The aircraft was located crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, there were no survivors.
The airline reported at 05:00L (03:00Z), that flight MS-804, estimated to land in Cairo at 03:10L (01:10Z), is missing and so far has not landed at any airport in reach of the aircraft. Egyptair subsequently tweeted that the aircraft was enroute at FL370 about to enter Egyptian Airspace when radar contact with the aircraft was lost at 02:45L (00:45Z). A search and rescue operation has been launched. The airline further corrected initial statement of 59 passengers to 56 passengers actually on board of the aircraft. The commander had accumulated 6,275 hours with 2,101 hours on type, the first officer has accumulated 2,675 hours. The aircraft had been manufactured in 2003. The airline has opened hotlines for relatives at +202 25989320 (outside Egypt) and 080077770000 (landline in Egypt).
At about 07:40L (05:40Z) Egyptair updated their statement saying, that the contact with the aircraft was lost 280km (151nm) from the Coast of Egypt at 02:30L (00:30Z). The crew comprised the captain, first officer, 5 cabin crew and 3 sky marshals. Amongst the passengers there were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, 2 Iraqis, 1 British, 1 Belgian, 1 Kuwaiti, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese, 1 Chadian, 1 Portugese, 1 Algerian and 1 Canadian.
Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority reported radar contact with the aircraft was lost about 2 minutes after the aircraft was handed off from Greek to Egyptian Air Traffic Control. The crew did not report any problems up to hand off. The CAA subsequently clarified, that the crew was talking to air traffic control in Greek when the aircraft entered the Greek control zone. When ATC attempted to hand the aircraft off to Egypt the crew did not respond, radar contact was lost 2 minutes after the first attempt to raise the crew for hand off, the aircraft was 7nm past mandatory reporting point KUMBI (N33.7139 E28.7500), boundary between Greek and Egyptian control zone.
At 08:25L (06:25Z) Egypt Air reported that search and rescue have picked up an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal. Dawn in the area was at 04:26L.
Egyptian Armed Forces said a statement thatin the framework of reports by some media about the disappearance of the Egyptian plane accident .. Armed Forces stresses not to have received any distress messages from the missing plan
France is joining the search and rescue efforts dispatching ships and aircraft into the search area, which is already being scanned by Greek and Egypt aircraft and ships.
At 10:15L (08:15Z) Airbus posted “Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by Egyptair was lost at around 02:30 am (Egypt local time) today over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight MS 804 from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt. The aircraft involved, registered under SU-GCC was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 2088 delivered to Egyptair from the production line in November 2003. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours. It was powered by IAE engines. At this time no further factual information is available.”
A good number of civilian ships in the area have, according to MarineTraffic, veered off their intended courses and are now steaming towards a common position at approximately N33.4 E29.7 approximately 30nm eastnortheast of the last ADS-B position. A first ship “Oceanus” has already reached that position and is nearly stationary there.
At 12:30L (10:30Z) France’s President Hollande announced that the aircraft has crashed while flying over the Mediterranean Sea in Egyptian Airspace.
The responsible Paris states attorney has opened an investigation into the disappearance of the aircraft but cautioned, that a mechanical failure or other causes besides terrorism have not been ruled out at this point. No credible claims of downing the aircraft have been made so far.
In a press conference Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister said, Egypt continues to call the aircraft “missing”. The Government does not rule out any cause as of yet, neither mechanical failure nor terrorism.
Greek Authorities reported at 14:55L (12:55Z) that search aircraft have spotted two objects floating on the sea surface about 50nm south of the last transponder position and about 230nm southsoutheast of Crete (Greece). The objects were white and red and appeared to be made of plastics. Authorities subsequently reported two orange objects also seen appear to be aircraft life vests, position near N33.3 E29.9 (about 40nm east of last transponder position).
At 19:10L (17:10Z) Egyptair confirmed that according to Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (parts of) the wreckage have been located crashed in the Mediterranean Sea. Families of passengers and crew have been informed, the airline expresses their deepest sympathies. The Egyptian Investigation Team continues to search for other remains of the aircraft.
On May 20th 2016 about 00:00L Christiane Amanpour (CNN) tweeted that Egyptair’s Vice President retracted the statement, that debris of the aircraft had been found and said they were mistaken. However, Egyptair did not retract such statements on all their official outlets, on their main website the statement was reposted instead with timestamp May 20th 2016.
On the morning of May 20th Egypt’s Military announced, Egyptian naval aircraft and vessels found debris from the A320 aircraft as well as personal belongings of passengers about 290km (156nm) north of Alexandria (Egypt)
On May 19th 2016 the responsible Paris states attorney has opened an investigation into the disappearance of the aircraft but cautioned, that a mechanical failure or other causes besides terrorism have not been ruled out at this point. No credible claims of downing the aircraft have been made so far.
Egypt’s Authorities reported that an accident investigation commission has been formed to investigate the crash. The French BEA reported 3 investigators have been dispatched to Egypt by the BEA to join the investigation led by Egyptian Authorities.
On May 20th 2016 The Aviation Herald received information from three independent channels, that ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) messages with the following content were received from the aircraft:
00:26Z 3044 ANTI ICE R WINDOW
00:26Z 561200 R SLIDING WINDOW SENSOR
00:26Z 2600 SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE
00:27Z 2600 AVIONICS SMOKE
00:28Z 561100 R FIXED WINDOW SENSOR
00:29Z 2200 AUTO FLT FCU 2 FAULT
00:29Z 2700 F/CTL SEC 3 FAULT
no further ACARS messages were received
Early May 21st 2016 the French BEA confirmed there were ACARS messages just prior to break down of communications warning however that they are insufficient to understand the causes of the accident until flight data or cockpit voice recorders have been found. Priority as of current is to find the wreckage and the recorders.
On May 21st 2016 Airbus confirmed all ACARS messages above as authentic and explained the “ANTI ICE R WINDOW” message was triggered by the Window Heat Computer #2 as well as the related 2 maintenance messages corresponding to the temperature sensors of the 2 right cockpit windows. The two smoke messages were triggered by their respective optical detectors. Airbus stated: “With the limited data available, the analysis of these messages does not allow to establish the sequence of events that would explain the loss of flight MS804. Pending more data become available (in particular flight data recorders and aircraft parts), Airbus has no specific recommendation to raise at this stage of the investigation.”
Greece’s Minister of Defense reported: “What we know for now from the air image of the National Operational Centre is that at 03:37L (00:37Z) the aircraft located 10-15 miles off the borders within the Egyptian air space, in Cairo FIR, at a height of 37,000 feet, took a turn of 90o to the left and then a 360o turn to the right falling from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet. The image that we had was lost when it reached about 10,000 feet.
On May 22nd 2016 Egypt’s Accident Investigation Commission said that they are currently collecting information from various sources including documentation of the aircraft, documentation of crew, documents from air traffic control and information from data management systems including ACARS messages and other communications. The investigators were also taken to the crash site by Egypt’s Navy. The Commission annotated that it is too early to draw conclusions from a single source like the ACARS messages. The Commission is already supported by specialists and investigators from various participating countries.
Life jacket and the wreckage of a plane seat were found, debris seen from search ship Maersk Ahram (Photos: Tarek Wahba):
Tuesday 24 May 2016
On May 24th 2016 the Egyptian Accident Investigation Commission (EAIC) reported that the search and recovery efforts are continuing. Egyptian Air Force, Egyptian, Greek and French Navy are scanning the crash site. So far 18 “groups of wreckage” have been forwarded to the criminal research laboratories in Cairo, the prosecutor decided to take DNA samples by forensic experts under judicial supervision. Priority is currently given to the recovery of victims and black boxes. The investigation team studies documentation, including maintenance and crew documentation, pertinent to the aircraft and flight. The EAIC said: “Accurate study of radar images and air traffic records are being carried out, in addition to analyzing weather conditions and services provided from the take-off airport. Furthermore, all available information at countries crossed by the aircraft is being assessed.”
Monday 23 May 2016 – Day 5
May 23, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
Yesterday, (May 22), U.S. Navy P-3s continued to support the search effort with two missions (6th and 7th) from NAS Sigonella. The first flight of the day (6th overall) discovered another debris field that was a radius of three nautical miles in size. Once reported to the Egyptian on scene commander, the aircraft was sent elsewhere to search for additional debris fields. The Egyptians deployed small vessels to retrieve debris in the field they discovered. From post mission reporting and the plotting of debris fields, two confirmed debris fields have been located by U.S. Navy aircraft supporting the effort.
MEDITERANEAN SEA (May 21, 2016) Debris from EgyptAir flight MS804 as seen from a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4, May 21, 2016. The U.S. Navy is providing a P-3 Orion in support of the Hellenic Armed Forces, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Greece, in response to a request by the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece for assistance in the search of the missing Egyptian aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Saturday 21 May 2016 – Day 3
EGYPTAIR offers its sympathy and condolences to all those touched by the tragic loss of flight MS804. We have made arrangements to host the families of the passengers and cabin crew of the missing plane and have established a Family Assistance Center in a hotel close to Cairo International Airport and we will continue providing our support to the families at this very difficult time. Families of passengers and cabin crew may contact the center by calling 080077770000, 01208222275 and 01200008289 from within Egypt or 0020225989320 from outside the country. Families can also communicate with the Family Assistance Center via the following email: email@example.com to get notified with any updates.
Navy finds parts and the belongings of passengers of the missing plane –
Egyptian Defense Ministry: www.mod.gov.eg official website
|Images found on the side of the wreckage of the missing plane and some belongings of passengers Images Source: MOD Egypt|
Friday 20 May 2016 – Day 2
The image was acquired by Sentinel-1A yesterday at 16:00 GMT (18:00 CEST).
ESA has given information related to the image to the relevant authorities to support the search operations.
Since the plane disappeared, ESA and experts have been scrutinising satellite data to see if anything could be found to indicate wreckage or oil floating on the sea.
According to the satellite image, the slick was at 33°32′ N / 29°13′ E – about 40 km southeast of the last known location of the aircraft. The slick is about 2 km long.
A second image (not shown here) from this morning at 04:00 GMT (06:00 CEST) shows that the slick has drifted by about 5 km.
The Sentinel-2A satellite will pass above the same area on 22 May, and experts will continue to study the images returned for further clues.
Both Sentinel satellites were launched as part of Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme, led by the European Commission.
ESA and the European Commission have released this information in parallel.
EGYPTAIR Official said that Egyptian Military and Marine Forces have discovered more debris, passengers’ belongings, body parts, luggage, and aircraft seats. Search is still in progress. Those concerned about missing relatives or friends who may have been on board are invited to call 080077770000 within Egypt Or +20225989320 international
Update from @EGYPTAIR 5:20 PM 20 may 2016
EGYPTAIR Official said that Egyptian Military and Marine Forces have discovered more debris, passengers’ belongings, body parts, luggage, and aircraft seats. Search is still in progress
Wreckage may be on one of the deepest parts of the Mediterranean.
Update from @EGYPTAIR 2:14 PM 20 may 2016
Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi yesterday formed an Investigation Committee in charge of the EGYPTAIR flight MS 804 chaired by Cpt. Ayman el-Moqadem.
Meanwhile, an aircraft manufacturer representative has arrived earlier this morning to join in the investigation committee works, in accordance to the international legislations.
Update from @EGYPTAIR 1:03 PM 20 may 2016
In recent development on EGYPTAIR Flight No 804, EGYPTAIR Chairman Safwat Musallam, escorted by EGYPTAIR Vice Chairman Cpt. Ahmed Adel and Cpt. Hisham el-Nahas, the Chairman of EGYPTAIR Airlines have met with a number of Egyptian and foreign families and relatives of the passengers and crew of MS804 this morning, at a hotel nearby Cairo Int’l Airport to inform them of the whole situation as EGYPTAIR officials have provided them with full support and assistance and they were keen to respond to their inquiries.
Meanwhile, EGYPTAIR Crisis Center is still working on the updates of the search results issued by the concerned authorities.
Further updates will be posted on http://www.egyptair.com and in our social media channels as more information becomes available.
Update from @EGYPTAIR 11:54 AM 20 May 2016
The Egyptian Armed Forces have informed EGYPTAIR that they have found first debris from the missing aircraft operating flight MS804
#MS804 295 KM from the Egyptian coastline.
MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 295 KM from the Egyptian sea coast. at 02:30 am CLT on 19 May. It was due to arrive Cairo Airport at 03:15 am CLT.
The search in the area continues and further updates will be issued on http://www.egyptair.com and in our social media channels. EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804.
We extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.
#MS804 and have engaged international emergency support group Kenyon to assist with care for those touched by this tragedy. Those concerned about missing relatives who may have been on board are invited to call 080077770000 within Egypt/ +20225989320 international
Debris from MS804 found by Egyptian military The Egyptian Armed Forces have informed EGYPTAIR that they have found first debris from the missing aircraft operating flight MS804 around 295 KM from the Egyptian coastline. MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 295 KM from the Egyptian sea coast at 02:30 am CLT on 19 May. It was due to arrive Cairo Airport at 03:15 am CLT. The search in the area continues and further updates will be issued on www.egyptair.com and in our social media channels as more information becomes available. EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers on-board Flight MS804. We extend our deepest sympathies to those affected and have engaged international emergency support group Kenyon to assist with care for those touched by this tragedy. Those concerned about missing relatives or friends who may have been on board are invited to call 080077770000 within Egypt Or +20225989320 international
in the framework of the efforts of the elements of the search and rescue of the armed forces in the search for the missing plane since yesterday, Egyptian naval vessels participating Friday morning 20/5/2016 find some belongings of passengers, as well as parts of the wreckage Alexandria in the north area, 290 km, and the completion of an ongoing research and combing and salvage what was found.
EgyptAir MS804 Sea Search operations as recorded by MarineTraffic
EGYPTAIR FLIGHT MS 804
EGYPTAIR resource stated that the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No. MS 804 near Karpathos Island. EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804. Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane. For more information,please call 080077770000 within Egypt Or +20225989320 international
An official source at Egypt Air said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation now received a formal letter from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stating found floating materials likely it’s the wreckage, as well as some life jackets and plastic products may be found by the Greek authorities near the Greek Karpathos Island. And coordination is underway with the Greek authorities to ascertain the identity of the parts, and Egypt will continue to fly in to provide assistance to the people of the missing. This follows the crisis Egypt Flight Center developments of the situation firsthand and will be announced anything new in this regard. For more information; please contact number 080077770000 from inside Egypt or internationally 20225989320Sourcehttp://www.egyptair.com/en/Emergency/Pages/default.aspx
Thursday 19 May 2016
UPDATES by @EgyptAir
An informed source at EGYPTAIR stated that Flight no MS804,which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar. EGYPTAIR media centre will update as more information becomes available.
An informed source at EGYPTAIR reported that EGYPTAIR Flight No MS 804 has lost communication with radar tracking system at 02:45 (CLT). EGYPTAIR A320 was at a height of 37.000ft, and disappeared after entering the Egyptian airspace with 10 miles.
EGYPTAIR has contacted the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams.
An informed source at EGYPTAIR declared that its flight number MS804 had 56 passengers on board, including 1 child and 2 infants in addition to 3 EGYPTAIR security personnel and 7 cabin crew with a total of 66 persons on board.
Noteworthy that the aircraft pilot has 6275 of flying hours including 2101 flying hours on Airbus 320. As for the co-pilot he has 2766 flying hours. The manufacturing date of the aircraft in 2003.
Special teams from the Egyptian Armed Forces were are at site located for inspection and rescue. EGYPTAIR is following up with the concerned authorities through EGYPTAIR’s IOCC.
EGYPTAIR has offered toll-free numbers for passengers’ relatives as follow: 080077770000 from any landline in Egypt, and +202 25989320 from any mobile phone or from outside Egypt.
An EGYPTAIR official declared that EGYPTAIR A320 aircraft in its flight number MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 280 KM from the Egyptian seacoast at 02:30 am CLT as the flight was expected to arrive Cairo Airport at 03:15 am CLT.
EGYPTAIR confirms that there are 56 passengers in addition to 10 cabin crew members onboard the aircraft.
The passengers’ nationalities are as follows:
– 15 French
– 30 Egyptian
– 1 British
– 1 Belgium
– 2 Iraqis
– 1 Kuwaiti
– 1 Saudi
– 1 Sudanese
– 1 Chadian
– 1 Portuguese
– 1 Algerian
– 1 Canadian
EGYPTAIR crisis center is following up with the concerned authorities and EGYPTAIR will issue any additional information once available. EGYPTAIR has hosted the passengers’ families near to Cairo Airport and has provided doctors, translators and all the necessary services
Press Release 6, The Egyptian Prime Minister is Following Up the situation of Flight MS804 from EGYPTAIR Crisis Center
Engineer Sherif Ismael, Egypt’s Prime Minister arrived to EGYPTAIR crisis center at Cairo Airport, to follow up the situation of EGYPTAIR flight MS804 heading from Paris to Cairo.
Engineer Ismael was presented with a detailed briefing about the situation from the crisis team and he has directed all the concerned authorities to take all necessary action for dealing with the crisis. The Minister of Civil Aviation has arrived at EGYPTAIR Crisis Center after cutting his visit to Jeddah short.
EGYPTAIR Crisis Center follows up the situation and urges the media resources to abide by the official news issued and sent by the company.
Press Release No 7 EGYPTAIR denies all misleading information published by news websites and social media channels regarding the reasons of the disappearance of EGYPTAIR flight MS804 and the company confirms that the reason of disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed. EGYPTAIR Calls for media resources to be assured of the information they post or release and to abide by the official press releases issued by EGYPTAIR media center.
With reference to the information aired by several TV channels about finding wreckage of the missing Egyptian aircraft EGYPTAIR has contacted the concerned authorities which did not confirm this information.
Press Release No 8 EGYPTAIR resource stated that the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that confirms the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No. MS 804 near Karpathos Island. EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804. Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. The Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane.
Press Release No 9 EGYPTAIR resource stated that the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No. MS 804 near Karpathos Island. EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804. Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. The Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane. Egypt mourns for the victims ‘ families and aviation expresses deep regret for this tragic accident.
#MS804. It asserts that it will take all necessary measures to deal with the situation in all its aspects, and a comprehensive investigation to find out the cause of the accident.
- Flight MS804, an EgyptAir Airbus A320 en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo, has disappeared from radar with 66 people on board.The plane left Paris Charles de Gaulle at 23.09 local time Wednesday (21.09 GMT/22.09 BST/07.09am Thursday AEST).he plane was around 3 hours and 40 minutes into its journey when contact was lost.
- It lost contact at 02.45am Cairo time (00.45 GMT/01.45 BST/10.45 AEST).
- EgyptAir says the plane’s emergency devices – possibly an emergency locator transmitter or beacon – sent a signal that was received at 4.26am local time, two hours after the last radar contact. Among several conflicting reports, Egypt’s army denied receiving a signal from the plane.
- The airline said contact was lost around 16km/10 miles inside Egyptian airspace at 2.30am local time (00.30 GMT) amid growing fears that the plane came down in the Mediterranean. Airbus issued a statement regretting the loss of the aircraft.
- A Greek aviation source told AFP that the plane crashed 130 miles from the Greek island of Karpathos. This has not been confirmed, but Egyptian civil aviation officials said they believe the crash came down in the sea.
- Egypt has launched a search operation. At least eight merchant ships and French Greek aircraft have joined the search.
- There is no detail yet on possible reasons for the plane’s disappearance. Egypt’s minister of Civil Aviation, Sherif Fathy, is due to hold press conference withinthe next hour. Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation for the incident, including terrorism. French prime minister Manuel Valls says “no theory can be ruled out” in investigating the disappearance.
- The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew: two cockpit crew, five cabin crew and three security personnel. The airline said two babies and one child were on board.
- Among the passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, and one each from the UK, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada.
- The plane, on its fifth journey of the day, was travelling at 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar.
- EgyptAir says the captain has 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on the A320; the copilot has 2,766. The plane was manufactured in 2003.
EGYPTAIR FLIGHT MS 804
Cairo – May 19, 2016 – EGYPTAIR denies all misleading information published by news websites and on the social media channels regarding the reasons of the disappearance of EGYPTAIR flight MS804 and the company confirms that the reason of disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed. EGYPTAIR Calls for media resources to be assured of the information they post or release and to abide by the official press releases issued by EGYPTAIR media center.
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