I haven’t posted about the tragedy of EgyptAir flight MS804 — an Airbus A320 with 66 people onboard from Paris to Cairo last week — that disappeared shortly before scheduled arrival.
That’s largely because I have so little to add to the discussion. I’ve been contacted by media about it, with the huge news coverage it’s received plenty of outlets want someone on the issue all the time. And I’m someone.
Not only is it outside my area of expertise, I haven’t flown EgyptAir so don’t even have a personal remembrance of the experience to offer on the blog. Any incident like this, though, affects me — I feel it because I live travel, and airlines, every day. So the crews, the passengers, the equipment all have some meaning for me though of course not nearly what they mean to friends, family, co-workers and what the incident means for Egypt.
Items from the wreckage are being recovered, but the fuselage and cockpit voice and data recorders haven’t yet been found. So we really do not yet know very much. There are plenty of people jumping to conclusions. Some of the speculation is reasonable extrapolation from limited data, and much of it is simply confirmation of bias.
And some of it is just… bizarre like the claim from Turkish Airlines pilots that they saw a UFO in the area an hour before the EgyptAir plane disappeared.
Two Turkish airline pilots have made an extraordinary claim they saw a UFO flying over their plane just an hour before the doomed Egyptair jet crashed.
…Now one of Turkey’s biggest news outlets has reported that two pilots said they saw an object with green lights pass by their passenger jet as they approached Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport from Bodrum at around 11.30pm on Thursday.
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The pilots of a Bodrum – Istanbul flight reported “an unidentified object with green lights” above 17,000 feet at around 11:30pm local time which disappeared suddenly. They told Istanbul air traffic control they believed it was a UFO.
The aircraft landed without incident. Turkey’s General Directorate of State Airports Authority says, however, that they “did not spot any image in its radars similar to what the pilots had described.” Ya think?