A joint task force between France, Greece, Turkey and the United States are searching for the remains of EgyptAir’s flight MS804 following its distress signal and sudden disappearance from radar.
The passenger airbus carried 66 people from Paris to Cairo. It had issued a distress signal shortly after it disappeared from tower radar.
According to EgyptAir, it had found part of the wreckage and life jackets near the Island of Karpathos in Crete, Greece.
However, Ahmed Adel, Vice President of EgyptAir said it wasn’t their aircraft.
Egypt is currently searching all the waters in the area the aircraft was last spotted on radar.
The United States have dispatched a p-3 Orion Maritime Surveillance aircraft from its Sicilian base.
Egyptian Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said he didn’t wish to draw conclusions. But he said
“The possibility of having a different action or a terror attack is higher than the possibility of having a technical failure.”
Meanhwile, French authorities said their information confirms the plane has crashed and immediately disappeared. French President Francois Hollande said “we have a duty to know everything about the cause and what has happened.
About 30 Egyptians were on board the plane. France said it had 15 nationals on board.
Other passengers were two Iraqis and one national per country from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Kuwait, Sudan, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Canada and Algeria.