On 19th May, 2016, Airbus A320-232 which was owned by EgyptAir crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. The aircraft was heading to Cairo International Airport from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The flight was named EgyptAir Flight 804. The aircraft was carrying 7 cabin crews, 56 passengers and 3 security personnel (Cox Media Group). Nobody survived from the crash. The aircraft’s debris was found approximately 290 km away from Alexandria in the Mediterranean Sea. Several main sections of the aircraft and flight recorders were found on the seabed during a recovery operation that was conducted four weeks later.
Investigations have been going on but the cause of the crash has not been established yet. However, investigation reports by different agencies indicate that the crash was caused by an explosion (Cox Media Group). Despite this, the cause of the explosion is yet to be established. France’s Bureau of Investigations and Analysis found that before the crash, smoke may have occurred in the aircraft. Investigation reports by Egyptian officials confirmed that smoke had actually occurred in the airplane before the crash (Cox Media Group). The Egyptian officials also reported that fire had emerged in the aircraft before the crash. Egyptian investigators announced on December 15, 2016, that they had found traces of explosives in the bodies of the passengers who were onboard during the crash. There are numerous speculations about the possible cause of the crash that are yet to be confirmed and thus, the investigations are still ongoing.
The EgyptAir Flight 804 incident increased aviation security scrutiny. After the accident, worries emerged over the effectiveness of French Air Security. Also, concerns emerged regarding whether EgyptAir’s failure to take precautions might have contributed to the crash. Consequently, investigations have been going on to determine whether or not the crash was caused by inadequate aviation security (Cox Media Group).
Cox Media Group. “EgyptAir Flight MS804 crash: Here’s what you need to know.” WHIO, May 20, 2016. <https://www.whio.com/news/national/egyptair-flight-ms804-crash-here-what-you-need-know/u1hknajFXcl0Egz7HCCb0O/> Accessed March 3 2017.