EgyptAir Flight MS804 heading from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar with 66 people on board. The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared shortly after entering Egyptian airspace. No distress calls came from the plane.
Baggage and freight on a Airbus 320 goes in back near the tail, a bomb placed in this cargo hold would blow off the tail and cause the plane to spin erratically from side to side and then down. Advantages of the A320 Family’s wide fuselage extend below the passenger cabin into the underfloor cargo holds – which are wider and deeper than any other single-aisle aircraft. Access to the underfloor holds is by large doors that open outward to avoid reducing available volume inside the hold. These doors give protection during operations in bad weather, helping to reduce damage to baggage and freight. Inside the cargo holds, baggage handlers appreciate the greater working height and a wider area of flat floor.
“He called on his colleagues before the incident a few days to lunch at his house hinting that the end is near, the end of his life that is and that he is ready to meet his maker and gave his farewell. He was bidding them [his friends] farewell with words that came out of his mouth for the first time in his life.“
“Cabin crew and fellow pilots paid tribute to Captain Mohammed Shakir, a cheerful and religious man who would pray on board and help others find the direction of Mecca using the flight’s navigation equipment.”
“My brother Mohammed [the pilot] called me before he took off on that fateful day and asked me to pray for him and I do consider him a martyr“.
“This is a message to our brothers in Mistrata, Tripoli and Benghazi. May Allah get vengeance from the evil doers (West). Allah will give you victory. We pray for you day and night. We sent young men to aid you [from Egypt] from our program Makers of Life to Benghazi. We send you doctors. I dispatched a team and will communicate with you continually with the team in Benghazi and we will do our efforts and continue communicating via Youtub. We want [Islam’s] justice to be established through your hands in Libya.” (see video link in the article)