EgyptAir Flight 804 was confirmed missing late Wednesday night at around 11 p.m. American Central Time. Carrying 66 passengers, the flight from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea as it reached Egyptian airspace.
From the information presented at this current time, we know EgyptianAir Flight 804 made a 90 degree turn to the left once entering Egyptian airspace. The plane then proceeded to drop 9,000 feet before it lost contact with air traffic control.
Now, most major news outlets are reporting the crash, but not enough light has been shed on some important information leading to the flight’s disappearance.
Within the last 24 hours, the EgyptAir Airbus A320, which is the same plane that disappeared late last night, made stops in Eritrea and Tunisia. Both of these countries have had documented security issues at their respected airports, which can hold some key answers in the disappearance of flight 804. Both of these countries also contain a heavy ISIS recruiting presence, especially Tunisia in particular.
Tunisia, a country located on the Northern region of Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea, has been plagued with ISIS recruiting problems since 2011. According to the Tunisian Interior Ministry, the country has lost 2,400 citizens to ISIS, 400 of those who have returned to the country. This process has created a a growing issue as returning fighters are recruiting more and more of its citizens to fight for ISIS in Syria.
ISIS’ accessibility to young Tunisians across the country is easily accomplished as Tunisia has an unemployment rate of 20 percent, and around 240,000 university graduates are unemployed. The prison’s in Tunisia are at 139 percent capacity and the economic status of the country has been in decline after the Revolution in 2010. These factors all lead to easy recruitment methods for ISIS as instability in the country’s economic system allows for the corruption and manipulation of young recruits. Of the Arab states, Tunisia has the highest number of ISIS recruits per citizen.
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Although no hard evidence has been found as of now, it is hard to brush over the stops the plane made in the past 24 hours. In conclusion with this information, it is likely that a terrorist attack was in the works on this flight. Now, I don’t want to jump to hard conclusions, but the flight did depart from France, which has seen nasty terrorist attacks in the past year. In correlation with Europe’s current battle with radical Islam, I can’t help but feel the plane’s disappearance is linked with terrorism.