Informed sources who spoke to Maltawinds explained that the Metroliner aircraft was not currently in use for passenger services and was only used for cargo. The aircraft was operating in the Mediterranean to follow so called ‘ghost ships’ transporting immigrants illegally from Libyan shores. The operation was apparently conducted by the United States Central Intelligence Agency in conjunction with the French government and this portal can also confirm that there were military personnel on board.
The sources also explained that a major disaster was averted since it was the right engine that failed and not the left as if that was the case, the aircraft would have crashed into the airport terminal causing havoc and mayhem.
The Fairchild Metroliner, registration number N577MX, was registered to Canda-based CAE Aviation, a major civil and defence contractor offering aircraft simulation and training to civilian clients as well as many defence and security agencies, including all US services.