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Confusion over EgyptAir wreckage

Unidentified relatives and friends of passengers who were flying in an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo react as they wait outside the Egyptair in-flight service building where relatives are being held at Cairo International Airport. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Confusion over EgyptAir wreckage

The wreckage of the EgyptAir Airbus A320 that is thought to have crashed into the Mediterranean has not been found, despite reports to the contrary.

Greece’s lead air accident investigator Athanasios Binis said the wreckage found near the Greek island of Karpathos was not the EgyptAir plane after Egyptian officials earlier said debris from the jet had been found.

EgyptAir flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew – mostly from Egypt and France – onboard when it vanished overnight. It has been reported that the plane was most likely brought down by terrorist act than a technical fault.

It made two sharp turns and dropped more than 25,000ft (7,620m) before plunging into the sea, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said.

Binis told AFP: “Up to now the analysis of the debris indicates that it does not come from a plane, my Egyptian counterpart also confirmed to me that it was not yet proven that the debris came from the EgyptAir flight when we were last in contact.”

The search in seas south of Karpathos involves Greek and Egyptian naval forces, and the British Royal Air Force.

 

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