EgyptAir is reporting via Facebook that wreckage of the plane has been found. They state:
EGYPTAIR resource stated that the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No. MS 804 near Karpathos Island.
EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804. Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane.
We’ve embedded the above announcement below.
U.S. State Dept says no indications that Americans were on board crashed EgyptAir plane
The U.S. State Department has said there was no indication that American citizens were on board the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo.
State Department spokesman John Kirby told a daily news briefing there were no reports yet of any U.S. citizens on the flight, which carried 66 passengers and crew.
He said it was too soon to speculate on the cause of the crash.
Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus had first swerved 90 degrees to the left, then spun through 360 degrees to the right. After plunging from 37,000 feet to 15,000, it vanished from Greek radar screens.
Here’s more info on what we know, compiled from our partners at Reuters.
- Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo missing soon after entering Egyptian airspace
- Airbus A320 carrying 56 passengers, 10 crew
- Athens said the plane swerved mid-air before plunging and vanishing
- Greek authorities confirmed that material likely to be aircraft debris was found in the sea
- Egyptian Prime Minister said it was too early to rule out any cause. Country’s aviation minister said it was more likely a terrorist attack than a technical failure