EgyptAir plane ‘did not swerve’ before cash

May 24, 2016, 12:22 AM EDT
EgyptAir Airbus A320
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Contrary to the claims made by Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, a senior Egyptian aviation official, Ehab Azmy, said that the EgyptAir plan that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday didn’t swerve before coming down. He added that the  A320, en route from Paris to Cairo, had been flying at its normal height without any unusual change in direction at the time it dropped off the radar.

Earlier, Kammenos had said that the plane abruptly plunged 25,000 feet after making two sharp turns, writes the BBC. Greek air traffic controllers had tried to contact the pilot as the flight headed into the Egyptian airspace but received no response.

An air accident investigator, Hani Galal, said that the plane’s black box, which could reveal the exact reason for the crash, would be sent abroad for analysis if it is recovered in a damaged state. If it is found intact, however, it will be analyzed in Egypt, notes The Guardian.

The flight data recorders of the missing aircraft are now being searched with the help of a robot submarine deployed by Egypt. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has refrained from speculating about the cause of crash, saying that “all scenarios are possible.”