It’s a sad day for families of staff and passengers of EgyptAir Flight 804. Around 2:37 a.m. Thursday (May 19), after entering Egyptian air space the flight disappeared from radar.
The flight was confirmed to have been lost after crashing into the Mediterranean Sea, by the president of France, François Hollande.
“The information that we have been able to gather — the prime minister, the members of the government, and, of course, the Egyptian authorities — unfortunately confirm for us that this plane crashed at sea and has been lost,” Mr. Hollande said via the NY Times at the Élysée Palace, after speaking by telephone with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt. “When we have the truth, we must draw all the conclusions, whether it is an accident or another hypothesis, which everybody has in mind: the terrorist hypothesis.”
The flight left Paris at 11 p.m. carrying 56 passengers, seven crew members, and three members of airline security personnel. Families of the passengers and staff of the flight waited at the Cairo airport for news of their loved ones.
“I don’t know anything,” said a mother of one of the flight attendants. “My daughter is a flight attendant I don’t know anything.”
Authorities are suspecting the plane crash to be an act of terrorism.
“If you analyze the situation properly, the possibility of having a terror attack is higher than the possibility of having a technical fault, ” Sherif Fathy, Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation told the Telegraph.
The debris of the flight and details of the crash are still being investigated.