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Mystery still surrounds fate of crashed EgyptAir flight

AFP

Officials have said it is still too early to say what caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight in the Mediterranean sea Thursday, while a Greek air safety official has confirmed that debris found so far is not from the missing plane.

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  • EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed on route from Paris to Cairo, carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew.
  • The plane was lost from radar at 2:30am local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, south of the Greek Kassos and Karpathos islands, and just after entering Egyptian airspace.
  • Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the plane swerved 90 degrees to the left and then spun through 360 degrees to the right before disappearing from radar.
  • EgyptAir said Thursday evening that wreckage from the plane has been found close to where the plane disappeared from radar near the Greek island of Karpathos.
  • However, Greek aviation official Athanasios Binis later said the debris did not belong to an aircraft. 
  • The plane was an Airbus 320. The captain had 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on the A320 while the copilot had 2,766.
  • The 56 passengers on the plane included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one passenger each from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Portugal, Algeria, Canada and Kuwait.
  • French President François Hollande said that “no theory has been ruled out” as to what caused the crash, including an accident or terrorism.

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EgyptAir Flight 804 flight path
EgyptAir Flight 804 flight path

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