TAKEOFF

Paris

11:21 p.m. CEST

FRANCE

CONTACT LOST

2:30 a.m., Cairo time

Cairo

EGYPT

  • LATEST UPDATE: The Egyptian ministry investigating the attack said it had discovered traces of explosives in the human remains, reinforcing concerns about terrorist involvement in the crash.
  • Egypt's investigation committee announced in June that it had recovered the damaged cockpit voice recorder. The "memory unit," which is the most important part of the recorder, was safely removed.
  • Egypt said it has spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane, according to a statement by the country’s investigation committee.
  • Minutes before it plummeted in the Mediterranean Sea, the plane’s on-flight alert system warned there was smoke on board.
  • Egyptian officials said partial debris was discovered about 180 miles off the coast of the Egyptian city of Alexandria.
  • EgyptAir Flight 804 left Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport May 18 at 11:09 p.m. local time en route to Cairo.
  • The airliner was carrying 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security officers.
  • The Airbus A320, which entered service in 2003, was flying at 37,000 feet before the crash.
  • Egyptian, French and Greek authorities are coordinating the emergency response to search for the wreckage.

[Egypt’s military says EgyptAir debris found in Mediterranean]

A screenshot taken from a video uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson on May 21 reportedly shows some debris that search teams found in the sea. (AFP/Egyptian Defence Ministry)

The search committee said that a vessel “had identified several main locations of the wreckage.”

The exact locations — somewhere between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast — have not been identified yet. Partial debris was previously discovered about 180 miles off the coast of Alexandria, Egyptian officials said after some confusion over whether wreckage had been discovered or not. The European Space Agency detected a 1.2 mile-long oil slick in the area where the plane disappeared, though the agency is unsure whether the slick is from Flight 804. The plane lost contact over the Mediterranean Sea, roughly 190 miles north of the Egyptian coast.

Athens

Flight path of

EgyptAir Flight 804

 

GREECE

TURKEY

Crete

NORTH

Karpathos

Last recorded position

at 2:30 a.m.

Oil slick detected by satellite

Alexandria

EGYPT

Intended destination

Cairo

TURKEY

100 MILES

Flight path of

EgyptAir Flight 804

 

Athens

GREECE

Karpathos

Crete

CYPRUS

Last recorded position

at 2:30 a.m.

Oil slick detected

by satellite

ISRAEL

Alexandria

LIBYA

EGYPT

Intended destination

Cairo

Athens

TURKEY

GREECE

Antalya

Flight path of

EgyptAir Flight 804

 

Rhodes

SYRIA

Candia

Crete

CYPRUS

LEB.

Beirut

Last recorded position

at 2:30 a.m.

Oil slick detected

by satellite

Levantine

Basin

Tel Aviv

LIBYA

ISRAEL

Alexandria

EGYPT

Sinai

Peninsula

Intended destination

Cairo

100 MILES

The plane was scheduled to land at Cairo International Airport at 3:15 a.m. local time. Its last confirmed contact was with Greek air traffic controllers just before it entered Egyptian airspace shortly after 2:30 a.m., Egypt’s aviation minister said. EgyptAir said the plane dropped from the radar about that time. Before it vanished, the pilot assured air traffic control that there were no problems.

[Smoke detected in EgyptAir plane before it crashed, French investigators say]

The search area is located in some of the Mediterranean’s deepest waters.

The seabed basin is more than 10,000 feet below the surface in some places. Strong currents in the area could complicate efforts to pinpoint the wreckage.

Last recorded

position at 36,975 feet

Kasos,

Greece

Egypt

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-2,500

Elev.

-5,000

-7,500

-10,000

0

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Distance in miles

Elevation cross section

End

Start

Strabo

Trench

Herodotus

Plain

EGYPT

Kasos

GREECE

Mediterranean Sea

Crete

Alexandria

Cairo

NORTH

Last recorded

position at 36,975 feet

Start

End

Egypt

Kasos, Greece

0 feet

0 feet

Nile Delta

-2,500

-2,500

Elevation

Elevation

-5,000

-5,000

Strabo

Trench

Herodotus

Plain

-7,500

-7,500

-10,000

-10,000

0 miles

100

200

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400 miles

Distance

Elevation cross section

Start

GREECE

EGYPT

End

Strabo

Trench

Herodotus

Plain

Kasos

Mediterranean

Sea

Cairo

NORTH

Crete

Alexandria

Last recorded

position at 36,975 feet

Start

End

Egypt

Kasos, Greece

0 feet

0 feet

Elevation

Elevation

Nile Delta

-2,500

-2,500

-5,000

-5,000

Herodotus Plain

Strabo

Trench

-7,500

-7,500

-10,000 feet

-10,000 feet

0 miles

50

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Distance

Flight 804 was cruising at 37,000 feet before it lost contact.

The Airbus made “sudden swerves” and dropped from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet moments after crossing from the Greek flight-control area into Egypt’s jurisdiction, said Greece’s defense minister, Panos Kammenos.

All times CEST

Flight 804 on May 17

(adjusted by time of takeoff)

40,000 ft.

CONTACT LOST

2:30 a.m.

30,000

Flight 804,

May 18

20,000

The plane dropped to 15,000 feet.

10,000

TAKEOFF

11:21 p.m.*

0

All times CEST

Flight 804 on May 17 (adjusted by time of takeoff)

40,000 ft.

CONTACT

LOST

Flight 804, May 18

2:30 a.m.

30,000

20,000

15,000 feet

10,000

TAKEOFF

11:21 p.m.*

0

* Exact time the plane starts to gain altitude

No distress call was sent from the plane to air traffic control. Such sudden drops are normally caused by “catastrophic” events, according to aviation experts, and do not indicate technical malfunctions.

[EgyptAir plane made ‘sudden swerves’ before vanishing over Mediterranean]

There were 12 nationalities aboard the flight.

Egypt

30

France

15

Sudan

Iraq

1

2

Chad

Britain

1

1

Portugal

Belgium

1

1

Algeria

Kuwait

1

1

Canada

Saudi Arabia

1

1

Iraq

Saudi Arabia

Algeria

Egypt

2

1

1

30

Britain

Sudan

Canada

1

1

1

France

15

Belgium

Chad

1

1

Kuwait

Portugal

1

1

Of the 66 people aboard Flight 804, 56 were passengers, including one child and two infants, seven were crew members and three were EgyptAir security personnel. No Americans were aboard.

Families of passengers who were aboard EgyptAir Flight 804 react as they wait outside a services hall at Cairo International Airport on May 19. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

The plane was an Airbus A320.

The route from Paris to Cairo was the plane’s fifth flight in 24 hours. Beginning about 1 a.m., the Airbus flew first from Asmara, Eritrea, to Cairo and then onward to the Tunisian capital, Tunis. It then returned to Cairo before flying to Paris on Wednesday evening, May 18.

Wing span

117 ft. 5 in. with winglets

Height

38 ft. 7 in.

Length

123 ft. 3 in.

Typical seating

150

56 passengers on board

Height

38 ft. 7 in.

Wing span

Length

117 ft. 5 in. with winglets

123 ft. 3 in.

Typical seating

150

56 passengers on board

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