EgyptAir: We Found Wreckage
Egyptian official believes it's more likely crash was from terrorism than from malfunction
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2016 12:28 PM CDT
An EgyptAir Airbus A330-300 takes off for Cairo from Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris on May 19, 2016.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(Newser) – Debris from EgyptAir Flight 804 has been found in the waters near Greece's Karpathos Island, ABC News reports via a statement from the airline. The country's Ministry of Civil Aviation was sent an official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirming the find; EgyptAir says family members of passengers and crew have been informed and "conveys its deepest sorrows." Meanwhile, as officials probe the cause of the crash, an Egyptian official says it's looking more like terrorism than mechanical malfunction, USA Today reports. In a Thursday press conference held before the debris was confirmed, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi says the "possibility of a terror attack is higher than that of a technical error," noting he based that assessment on "what I read and from my expertise," per Al-Ahram. But, he added, "these remain assumptions and possible scenarios."

More developments:

  • NBC News offers a breakdown of what countries the passengers were from.
  • A radar map showing the plane's flight path appears on the Telegraph.
  • There were three air marshals aboard the flight, per MSNBC.
  • CBS News examines Egypt's "checkered air travel safety record."
  • In addition to aviation experts, government officials, and law enforcement authorities, Donald Trump is chiming in on what he thinks happened, the New York Post reports.