EgyptAir flight disappears

0519 EgyptAirCairo, Egypt (WFXT/CNN) — An international effort now underway in the Eastern Mediterranean to find EgyptAir flight 804. This after the Airbus A-320 vanished from radar in the middle of the night Thursday while cruising at 37,000 feet.

At a quickly called press conference, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister said no cause has been determined but somberly added, “If you analyze this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem.”

Greece’s Defense Minister describes a terrifying scene reporting that the plane quote “swerved” violently. Finally Greek officials say it plunged 27,000 feet when contact was lost.

As the investigation into what happened to Flight 804 barely gets underway, Egypt sadly is no stranger to aviation disasters.

Last year a Russian jetliner exploded in midair over the Sinai Peninsula,  killing all 224 people on board. EgyptAir Flight 990 plunged into the Atlantic off the coast of Massachusetts in 1999.

Now with this current crisis, the families of the 66 people on board are left to merely wait and wonder.

U.S. officials say an American P-3 Orion aircraft is helping in the search for the plane, and U.S. intelligence is communicating with French and Egyptian counterparts. The White House says President Obama is being updated on the situation.

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