EgyptAir flight: 'It lurched left then right, spun all the way around and plummeted'

| Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 17:13
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EgyptAir flight MS 804: Smoke detected before crash

EgyptAir flight MS 804: Smoke detected before crash

Cairo: In a major revelation on the tragic crash of the EgyptAir flight MS 804, the French air accident investigation agency has claimed that smoke was detected in multiple places on EgyptAir flight 804 moments before it plummeted into the Mediterranean. However, the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board is still not clear.
An agency spokesman has reportedly informed a news agency in Paris that the plane’s automatic detection system had sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before the plane disappeared from radar while flying over the east Mediterranean early Thursday morning.
The Airbus A320 had been cruising normally in clear skies on a nighttime flight to Cairo early Thursday when it suddenly lurched left, then right, spun all the way around and plummeted 38,000 feet (11,582.4 metres) into the sea, never issuing a distress signal, according to the reports.
Egyptian authorities believe terrorism is a more likely explanation than equipment failure, and some aviation experts have said the erratic flight suggests a bomb blast or a struggle in the cockpit, based on past experiences. But so far, no hard evidence has emerged. Moreover, no militant group has claimed to have brought down the aircraft. 
The officials are not authorized to discuss the investigation at this point in time. Hence, the truth will be revealed once entire investigations are carried out.

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