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Wreckage found in hunt for EgyptAir flight MS804 (Financial Times)

on Fri May 20, 2016 5:26 am
Terrorism not ruled out as news emerges of sharp turn before crash.

Wreckage of the EgyptAir passenger jet that disappeared on Thursday morning has been found during a military search operation in the eastern Mediterranean, the airline said on Friday.

“The Egyptian armed forces found in the first hours of this morning the remains of wreckage and belongings from [flight] MS804 at 295 kilometres from the Alexandria shoreline,” EgyptAir said in a statement.

The Airbus A320 crashed after passing over Greek islands en route to Cairo from Paris with 66 people on board. French and Egyptian authorities have not ruled out the possibility that it was brought down by an act of terrorism.

The discovery of debris from the aircraft followed a day of confusion on Thursday, when EgyptAir at one point said wreckage had been found off the coast of Crete but was later forced to withdraw its statement.

Sherif Fathy, Egypt’s aviation minister, said on Thursday that the possibility of a terrorist attack was higher than technical failure, but added: “It is still speculations and assumptions.”.....................

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