Orange Debris Believed to Be From EgyptAir Flight MS804 Has Been Discovered — REPORT
According to the latest reports, a Greek military official said an Egyptian search plane located two pieces of debris believed to be from EgyptAir Flight MS804, which disappeared from radar early Thursday morning en route from Paris to Cairo. The AP reported that the Greek military official stated that the two pieces of debris are orange and one was oblong-shaped. According to the official, who spoke with the AP on the condition of anonymity the report noted, were located 230 miles south-southeast of Crete. The official said the debris was found within the Egyptian air traffic control area. Update: Egyptian military officials found debris and personal belongings from the EgyptAir flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea early Friday morning.
It is not yet certain what caused the plane, which had 66 people on board, to disappear from radar. However, there is increasing speculation that terrorism was the cause. Russian news agencies reported that Russian security official Alexander Bortnikov said of the flight's disappearance, "in all likelihood it was a terror attack." Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said terrorism had a s "stronger" likelihood of being the culprit than technical failure. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told reporters "We cannot rule anything out."
According to Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the plane went 90 degrees to the left and then did a 360 spin to the right. It plummeted from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet before "it vanished from Greek radar screens," a Reuters report noted.