Authorities say debris found is not from EgyptAir Flight MS804

UPDATE: Sources are now saying that the debris found near the Greek Island of Karpathos is not from missing EgyptAir Flight MS804. Greek officials had not confirmed the statement made by EgyptAir or Egyptian officials. EgyptAir has now retracted its previous statement.

The flight that was carrying 66 people including crew members is still missing.


ORIGINAL STORY: The wreckage from missing flight MS 804 has been located near Karpathos Island, in Greece, according to officials from EgyptAir. Floating material including life jackets and other debris have been located.

According to a release from the airline, the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft.

EgyptAir said in the release that it sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804. Family members of passengers and crew have been informed of the discovery.

The Egyptian Investigation Team in cooperation with Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the plane.

The flight headed from Paris to Cairo with at least 66 people onboard went missing early Thursday morning, shortly after entering Egyptian air space.

Authorities with EgyptAir said the plane disappeared from radar early Thursday 10 miles after it entered the airspace above the Mediteranian Sea.

In one of several press releases from EgyptAir, an official declared that the aircraft, flight number MS804, lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 280 kilometers (approximately 10 miles) from the Egyptian seacoast at 2:30 a.m. (CLT) as the flight was expected to arrive Cairo Airport at 3:15 am (CLT).
The airline confirmed 56 passengers and 10 cabin crew members were onboard the aircraft.

The passengers’ nationalities were identified as being:
15 French
30 Egyptian
1 British
1 Belgium
2 Iraqis
1 Kuwaiti
1 Saudi
1 Sudanese
1 Chadian
1 Portuguese
1 Algerian
1 Canadian

The airline said its crisis center is following up with authorities and will issue any additional information once available. A search operation continues.

Sources are reporting that the plane shifted sharply in the air prior to the crash. Additionally, other sources say that Egypt’s civil aviation minister has said it is more likely the crash was because of a terror attack rather than a technical failure.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is providing assistance in the search effort as well as the effort to find out how and why the crash happened. He extended his deepest sympathies to families affected by the tragedy.