EgyptAir Flight MS804; Wreckage Claims False, Search Continues

The search for the wreckage of missing EgyptAir flight MS804 is continuing, after claims that the wreckage and debris had been found were discovered to be false.

A massive search is continuing for a second day for an EgyptAir plane that disappeared over the Mediterranean.

Initial reports late on Thursday, based on Egyptian officials’ comments that wreckage had been found, later proved unfounded.

Greece’s lead air accident investigator Athanasios Binis said items including lifejackets found near Karpathos were not from the Airbus A320.

“An assessment of the finds showed that they do not belong to an aircraft,” he said.

Greek, Egyptian, French and UK military units are taking part in the search and rescue operation near the Greek island of Karpathos.

Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished early on Thursday. Greece said radar showed the Airbus A320 had made two sharp turns and dropped more than 25,000ft (7,620m) before plunging into the sea.

Egypt says the plane was more likely to have been brought down by a terrorist act than a technical fault. However, more than 24 hours since the plane dropped off radars, no group has claimed responsibility for the plane’s disappearance.

 

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