EgyptAir flight MS804

Rescuers believe they have found debris EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Med.Sea

An Airbus A320, carrying 66 people, disappeared from radar after entering Egyptian airspace. DW is following the story as it develops.

Rescuers believe they have found debris from Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Mediterranean Sea, between the Island of Crete and the north coast of Egypt.

14:37: US President Barack Obama received a briefing on the plane’s disappearance from his homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, the White House said.

14:13: The head of Russia's top domestic security agency Alexander Bortnikov said of EgyptAir flight MS804 that "in all likelihood it was a terror attack."
Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, called for an international effort to find those responsible; he did not say why he thought it was a terror attack.

13:17: Greek military spokesman Vassilis Beletsiotis has confirmed the discovery of debris, close to the Mediterranean search area.
"There have been finds southeast of Crete, inside the Cairo flight information area," Beletsiotis said. An Egyptian C-130 plane also spotted the floating objects. Ships are being sent to investigate.

13:15: The UK has offered its support to Egypt in the search for the missing EgyptAir flight. "We have offered assistance to the Egyptian authorities, but so far we have not had any requests for support," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. One Briton was aboard flight MS804.

13:05: Greek officials have found "two orange items" believed to be from missing Egypt Air flight MS804. The pieces of plastic were reportedly found in the Mediterranean Sea, 370 kilometers (230 miles) from the Greek island of Crete.

12:50: Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi has said the possibility of a terrorist attack is "stronger" than a technical fault.
"The situation may indicate that the likelihood of a terrorist work is far higher than the likelihood that the plane developed a technical failure," he said. "But we have to wait for investigations."

12:19: Search efforts to find debris belonging to the missing MS804 flight off the Greek island of Karpathos have been expanded.

12:11: Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered an immediate inquiry in the missing Egyptair flight MS804.

The plane disappeared overnight with 66 people aboard.

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Rescuers believe they have found debris EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Med.Sea
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