When Will EgyptAir Flight 804 Be Found? The Search For The Missing Plane Had A Terrible Start
The details that have surfaced since EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed on its way from Paris to Cairo previously led investigators to believe that the wreckage had been found, only to retract the statement hours later. Originally thought to be found off of the Greek island of Karpathos, officials searching into the flight's whereabouts believed they had positively identified the missing pieces in the Mediterranean Sea. But unfortunately, it was later discovered that the remains were indeed not from Flight 804. That leaves the world, and more importantly, the family and friends of the plane's 66 passengers and crew members, wondering when the EgyptAir flight will be found. Update: Egyptian military officials found debris and personal belongings from the EgyptAir flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea early Friday morning.
Greek and Egyptian authorities are continuing the search in the Mediterranean Sea, where the original debris was spotted. The United States is also lending its services, enlisting a maritime surveillance plane to join the search. A statement from the Egyptian government confirmed America's willingness to involve itself in the search, saying that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to tell him that the the country was ready to "provide all forms of necessary assistance to Egypt to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident." France and England's aviation authority have also agreed to tackle the investigation alongside the Egyptian government.
Though there can be no exact estimate as to when the plane will be found, the search will certainly benefit from the help received from these countries.
Though the search for the plane has so far proven to be unsuccessful, investigators are beginning to piece together other aspects of the flight's disappearance, such as why the flight went down. Though no details have been officially confirmed, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi and the U.S. government are operating under the assumption that the plane was victim to a terrorist attack.
The plane had checked out during all boarding procedures, and a technical failure leading to a disaster of this magnitude seems unlikely to investigators. "It's very difficult to come up with a scenario that jibes with some sort of catastrophic failure," CNN Aviation Analyst Miles O'Brien said. "[The evidence so far] leads us down the road to a deliberate act." So far, investigators think the most likely possibility is that the plane was taken down by a bomb, but no one has claimed the act so far.
But with the help of multiple countries and a working theory as to why the plane went down, the search for the missing plane will hopefully be a quick one.