Navy joining search for EgyptAir flight missing on flight to Cairo
May 19, 2016
NAPLES, Italy — The U.S. Navy is joining the search for a missing EgyptAir flight believed to have crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily are preparing to join Greek efforts in the Eastern Mediterranean to locate the remnants of Flight 804 bound for Cairo, according to U.S. European Command. The Airbus A320 passenger plane took off Thursday morning from Paris with 56 passengers and 10 crewmembers aboard.
U.S. 6th Fleet and EUCOM are working with the Hellenic Armed Forces, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Greece and the U.S. Embassy in Athens, according to EUCOM.
Designed to hunt submarines during the Cold War, the four-turboprop P-3 has a range of more than 1,500 miles and can remain on station in the search area for hours at a time. The aircraft will likely use the U.S. Navy base in Souda Bay, Crete, as a base of operations.
The Orions are assigned to Patrol Squadron VP-4 in Sigonella.
Two years ago the Navy deployed another maritime patrol aircraft — the P-8 Poseidon — to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean.