As a massive search continues on the whereabouts of an EgyptAir flight, MS804, with 66 passengers on board, which went missing in the early hours of Thursday over the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo, Egypt, emerging opinions are now divided.
Reports had earlier emerged that the 59 passengers and 7 crew members on board were feared dead as the plane allegedly crashed into the Mediterranean.
The flight was said to have made two sharp turns before it suddenly lost altitude and vanished from radar.
EgyptAir initially said wreckage of the plane had been found with the help of searchers from Greece, but a senior official of the airline, while speaking on CNN retracted that assertion hours later.
It was gathered that Greek authorities found floating materials, including life vests, likely to be the wreckage from the plane, adding that the debris was found near the Greek island of Karpathos.
Following closer inspection of the debris, Ahmed Adel, EgyptAir’s vice-chairmen, who also confirmed it, later admitted he had been mistaken.
Reacting to the assumption, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian president, demanded an intensified search for the missing jet.
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Suspicion remains that the flight from Paris to Cairo was a victim of terrorism, especially with the aircraft being lost within seven months of a bomb bringing down a Russian holiday jet over Sinai.
This was the early hypothesis of both US government officials and Sharif Fathy, Egypt’s aviation minister.
They suggested that terrorism was a more likely cause for the disappearance than mechanical failure, but others cautioned that it was premature to make that judgment, USA Today reports.
“I don’t want to go to speculation. I don’t want to go to assumptions like others,” Fathy said.
“But if you analyse this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem.”
The loss of the flight was the second civilian aviation disaster to hit Egypt in the past seven months.