An EgyptAir flight has disappeared after taking off from Paris heading to Cairo, Egypt. Early speculation was all over the place but now officials are not ruling out the possibility of terrorism.
EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.
The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he was told the flight crashed, but Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said he preferred to classify the flight as missing.
“We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the possibility of technical fault,” Fathi said at a Cairo news conference. “I will continue to use the term missing plane until we find any debris.”
However, before the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister even took to the podium, Donald Trump tweeted his suspicions about terrorism at around 6:30am:
Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2016
Later in the news conference Fathi explained, “I don’t want to go to speculation. I don’t want to go to assumptions like others. But if you analyze this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem,”
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told reporters the plane “swerved and then plunged.” Specifically at 2:29 a.m., just after it had entered Egyptian airspace, the plane swerved 90 degrees to the left, and then 360 degrees to the right before plunging first to 15,000 feet, then 10,000 feet, before dropping off radar
It appears as though Donald Trump was ahead of the curve on calling it terrorism. It could change but based on the radical swerving and then rapid drop in altitude, it seems highly unlikely it was a mechanical error.