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.
Mystery still surrounds the cause of the downing of the jet, an Airbus A320, which plunged into the sea last Thursday, killing all 66 people on board, en route from Paris to Cairo. 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.
It happened as the aircraft passed close to the Turkish capital’s Silivri district when the plane was at an altitude of 17,000 feet. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the pilots told air traffic controllers: ‘An unidentified object with green lights passed 2,000ft to 3,000ft above us.
The General Directorate of State Airports Authority said it did find anything on its radars that could be linked to what the Turkish pilots had described. The spotting of a UFO comes as they mystery about the plane crash deepened after claims the pilot spoke about ‘an emergency descent’ aimed at putting out a fire. It was initially claimed Mohamed Said Ali Ali Shoukair lost all radio contact before the Airbus A320 plunged into the sea.
But aviation sources in Paris have now said he contacted Egyptian air traffic controllers to say he was going to make an emergency landing because there smoke filling the plane.
There was ‘conversation several minutes long’ between Captain Shoukair and the controllers, which amounted to ‘a distress call’, according to French TV station M6.
However, the claims were last night denied by EgyptAir. A spokesman said: ‘Claims made by the French TV station are not true. The pilot did not contact Egypt air control before the incident.’ Rapid descents involve dramatic changes in cabin air pressure, and can be extremely dangerous, but the claims about the flight’s last moments fit in with earlier information.
According to Greece’s defence minister, Pano Kammenos, the plane dropped sharply from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet, and then made ‘sudden swerves’. As it entered Egyptian airspace, over the Greek island of Karpathos, the first turn was a sharp, 90-degree one to the east, and then there was a full circular loop. A leaked data report also suggests that a fire blazed across the flight deck minutes before disaster -suggesting a catastrophic electronics malfunction.
The new information made terrorism seem ‘less likely’, although it has still not been ruled out.
Egypt president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi broke his silence on the crash yesterday, saying a submarine would be used to find the jet’s ‘black box’ data and voice recorders, which emit a locator signal for only a month before batteries run out. He said ‘all scenarios are possible’.
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