If it turns out that the reason behind the disappearance of flight 804 is a terror-related incident, it would mark the second such incident since the downing of Kogalymavia Flight 9268 over the Sinai Penisula.
Greek defence sources reported the discovery of two large plastic objects 80 km off the coast of Crete. Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo went missing shortly after entering Egyptian air space. The Air bus 320 was flying at a height of 37,000 feet when it went missing on Thursday, Egypt Air said.
It said the flight went down with 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board. Egypt’s aviation minister said, that the possibility of a terror threat was more “stronger” than that of a technical failure. If this is the case it would mean that it would mark the 2nd such incident of another passenger plane.
“At 4:26am, rescue teams affiliated with the Egyptian armed forces have received an SOS message from the emergency unit of the missing plane,” EgyptAir said on Twitter.
The large objects were spotted in the sea close to where a transponder was detected, there were also reports of life jackets having been spotted nearby the objects. The Egyptian army is reported to have denied having picked up a distress signal.