When EgyptAir flight MS804 suddenly spun and disappeared off the radar, nobody could tell what may have happened. Now, experts believe they might have the answer.
Jean-Paul Troadec, the former chief of France's national air accident investigation unit, said the evidence of flight MS804's disappearance points to a possible terrorist attack, according to the Daily Mail.
The flight left Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport for Cairo at 9:09 p.m. GMT on May 18 with 56 passengers on board. During the morning hours of May 19, the flight suddenly spun, plunged nearly 22,000 feet, and vanished from the radar while flying over the Mediterranean Sea.
Professor Greg Barton of Deakin University, a prominent Australian counter terrorism researcher, told news.com.au that while it is is possible the flight vanished due to a technical failure, "if you have an aircraft experience an explosive decompression at cruise altitude, that points to it being a bomb."
"If the radar image is suddenly not there and there's a sudden deceleration ... it does strongly suggest a bomb," Barton added.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said investigators are being "extremely prudent" about announcing a cause for the disappearance, and they "are not ruling out any hypothesis."
Troadec told Europe 1 radio in Paris that a failed engine or a fire would generally give the team time to react and would not immediately cause an accident, the Daily Mail notes.
"The team said nothing, they did not react, so it was probably a brutal event and we can certainly think about an attack," Troadec said.
The investigation into the flight's disappearance is ongoing.