According to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Department an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo is believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.

The plane reportedly made 2 sharp turns in flight before falling into the sea just off the greek island of Karpathos, where the wreckage has been found.

According to officials it is more likely that the plane was brought down by an act of terrorism instead of a technical malfunction.

The Airbus A320 was carrying 66 people, including the 7 flight crew and 3 security personnel. There is believed to be nationals from 12 different countries on board, including 30 from Egypt and 15 from France, 2 from Iraq, as well as 1 from Britain, Canada, Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, Sudan and Chad.

EgyptAir flight MS804 took off at 23:09 (CEST) and disappeared from radar at 2:30 am. EgyptAir released a statement saying that the Egyptian military had received a distress signal from the plan 2 hours after it disappeared, the military later denied ever recieving such a signal.

The last communication from flight MS804 is believed to have occurred 10 minutes before its disappearance, nothing unusual was noted nad weather was clear at the time. MS804 is believed to have been at an altitude of 11,280 meters and some 280 kms from the Egyptian coast when it disappeared.

The Egyptian and Greek armed forces are currently undertaking search efforts, with France planning to send boats and planes to assist.


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