EgyptAir jet – What we know so far

EgyptAir aircraft

The crash of EgyptAir’s aircraft, with 66 passengers aboard, near the Greek island of Karpathos, left the world shocked. This is the fifth plane crash since the beginning of the year and authorities are not excluding any potential causes.

More than 24 hours after the EgyptAir aircraft vanished from the radar over the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people aboard, authorities have not yet been able to identify the real cause of this catastrophe. However, as per the Egyptian authorities there are high probabilities that the crash results from a terrorist’s attack rather than technical failures, cautioning that the real reason will be known only after an intense investigation.

Airbus A320 left Paris for Cairo. Soon after exiting the Greek airspace and entering the Egyptian one, the plane veered suddenly, dropping from an altitude of 37 000 feet to 15 0000 feet before vanishing from the radars at around 2:30 a.m. This was the last known position of the plane - approximately 170 miles from the Egyptian coast. Since then, the quest to find the black box led to a collaboration between several countries to spot the crash location. This resulted in the Navy finding the debris and passenger’s belonging almost 290 kilometers to the north of the coastal city of Alexandria late this afternoon.

Regardless of the causes leading to the crash of the airbus A320, this will deeply affect the ailing Egyptian economy as the country is trying to boost its economy from the turmoil which decreased its tourism industry activities since 2011. To recall, in 2011, Egyptian activists called for an uprising, to protest against poverty, unemployment, corruption and an unilateral government.

But, for now the focus still lies in finding the remains of the aircraft and knowing what was the root cause of this catastrophe. There will be a long procedure to help the depressed families accept the truth of the matter while the governments are aiming to heighten their cross-borders transportation security policy.

Priscilla Camryn By: Priscilla Camryn