Date & Time: May 19, 2016 at 0237 LT
Type of aircraft:
Airbus A320
Operator:
Registration:
SU-GCC
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Paris – Cairo
MSN:
2088
YOM:
25
Flight number:
MS804
Country:
World
Region:
World
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
10
Pax on board:
56
Pax fatalities:
56
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
66
Captain / Total flying hours:
6275
Captain / Total hours on type:
2101
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2675
Aircraft flight hours:
48000
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Paris-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 2321LT on May 18 bound for Cairo. The crew maintained radio contacts with the Greek ATC and was transferred to the Egyptian ATC but failed to respond. Two minutes after the airplane left the Greek airspace, the aircraft fell from FL370 to FL220 in few seconds, apparently making a first turn to the left and then a 360 turn to the right before disappearing from the radar screen at 0237LT while at an altitude of 10'000 feet. It is believed the aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean sea about 280 km northwest of Alexandria, halfway between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast. The crew did not send any mayday message, thereby all assumptions remains open. It appears that some various debris such as luggage were found on May 20 about 290-300 km north of Alexandria. Two days after the accident, it is confirmed that ACARS messages reported smoke on board, apparently in the lavatory and also in a technical compartment located under the cockpit. Above that, several technical issues were reported by the ACARS system. The CVR has been recovered on June 16, 2016, and the DFDR a day later. As both recorder systems are badly damaged, they will need to be repaired before analyzing any datas.