By Walid Shoebat
Greek public broadcaster ERT reported that a Greek frigate searching for the missing Egyptair Airbus A320, en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo, found two plastic floating objects in a sea area 230 miles south of the island of Crete, 100 nautical miles away off the southeastern island of Karpathos, on Thursday. Greek defense sources said that the red and white objects were spotted close to an area where a transponder signal was emitted earlier.
“At around 0029 GMT (3:29 am) when it was in Egyptian airspace, the plane disappeared from Greek radars… it crashed around 130 nautical miles off the island of Karpathos,” the source told AFP.
There was surprise that the wreckage, yet to be officially identified, was found so far away from the area where it was believed to have been lost. Winds in the area would not precipitate such movement. Greek media is reporting that debris found could be life jackets.
While officials still have not confirmed the cause of the crash, Egypt’s aviation minister said the possibility of a terrorist attack is “stronger” than that of a mechanical failure.
A Greek minister, according to CNN, told reporters that the airplane “swerved and then plunged” before falling into the Mediterranean, a fact which if true could support any number of theories as to the cause of the crash.
But terrorism is certainly front of mind, as Europeans have endured numerous incidents of late including a March attack in Brussels that killed more than 30 and a November attack in Paris that killed 130. Also in March, a domestic EgyptAir flight was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus.
According to the latest update from EgyptAir, Flight MS804 went off the radar above the Mediterranean about 280km (175 miles) from the Egyptian seacoast at 2:30 a.m. Cairo time (0030 GMT) at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 meters). Greek authorities have declared a 40-mile (64km) no-fly zone over their part of the airspace in the vicinity of the search zone in the southern Mediterranean, a Greek diplomat said in Cairo. The zone was established, based on the location of the last signal coming from the missing plane.
Previous reports also suggested that the plane crashed 130 miles from the Greek island of Karpathos, according to AFP, citing an aviation source in Greece.
Taking into consideration that the crash site was different from when the jet first disappeared lends credence that the system was deliberately turn off while the flight took on a different course before it plunged into the sea.
Russia TV reports Fathy, Egypt’s aviation minister, said that a terrorist attack “was more likely” to have taken down the missing EgyptAir flight than any other cause, but urged people not to draw any premature conclusions about the crash.
An Australian civil aviation expert, Geoffrey Thomas, told RT that the security system at Charles de Gaulle was good but not impenetrable: “The one thing what the industry does fear is the ‘inside job’ when you have an airport worker who might be associated with some groups.”
“There’s always a possibility that something is smuggled on board.”
According to previous media reports, there have been serious security breaches in France’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, when dozens of staff were on spy watch for their sympathies or links to Islamist organizations.
According to the Russian news source, Kommersant, “the crew reported smoke blanketing out of the cockpit.”
Today’s report confirm what we stated yesterday from sources, Al-Bayan stated that there was no SOS call while Twasul News and others like Sky News stated from their sources from the airline leaked that the jet is CONFIRMED crashed.
— صحيفة البيان (@AlBayanNews) May 19, 2016
🔴عاجل | مصادر عن شركة مصر للطيران تؤكد سقوط الطائرة في البحر المتوسط
— صحيفة تواصل (@twasulnews) May 19, 2016
This would mean that the jet made a U turn after transponders were turned off. A possible hijack that went bad could explain this or a midair explosion.
As we stated before, France will be a focal point on the Islamic terrorism issue and its refinement is on course and has begun. It will take a while before the world wakes up.