EgyptAir Flight Carrying 66 Vanishes; ‘More Likely’ Terrorism Than Tech Failure: Report

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo suddenly swerved and plunged off radar while over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday morning, and Egyptian officials are speculating that the plane's disappearance is more likely a result of terrorism than technical error, CNN reports.

EgyptAir flight MS804 made abrupt turns that generally signal a loss of control of the plane, according to one analyst who appeared on the cable news station, and lost altitude before it vanished from radar around 2:45 a.m. Egyptian time, the Associated Press reports.


"It turned 90 degrees left and then a 360-degree turn toward the right, dropping from 38,000 to 15,000 feet, and then it was lost at about 10,000 feet," Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told reporters.

According to The Guardian, large objects believed to be part of the missing Airbus have been found near the Greek island of Crete.


Editor’s note: This story is developing; check back for updates.

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