UPDATE 10:45 a.m.
A retired weapons developer says it looks increasingly unlikely that a structural failure is behind the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804.
Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff, an expert on aerospace systems and emerging weapons technologies at the University of Notre Dame, says while it’s too early to tell for certain, a structural failure for the Airbus A320 plane is “vanishingly improbable.”
He says “a plane in straight and level flight at 37,000 feet is a pretty benign situation.”
Latiff says “sabotage is possible, and if there were lax controls at airports and loose hiring and security policies, increasingly likely.”
Officials say EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashed early Thursday with 66 people on board.
UPDATE 8:00 a.m.
A Greek military official says an Egyptian search plane has located two orange items believed to be from the missing EgyptAir flight.
The official says the items were found 230 miles (370 kilometers) south-southeast of the island of Crete but still within the Egyptian air traffic control area. One of the items was oblong, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with regulations.
Russian security official Alexander Bortnikov says “in all likelihood it was a terror attack” that caused EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo to crash into the Mediterranean early Thursday with 66 people on board.
UPDATE: 6:14 a.m.
According to CNN French President Francois Hollande says he was told that EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost and had crashed.
The defense minister of Greece says the plane made abrupt turns, suddenly lost altitude just before vanishing from radar.
UPDATE: 4:58 a.m.
CAIRO (AP) – A French surveillance jet has joined the search for an EgyptAir flight that’s apparently crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
EgyptAir Flight 804 was carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared early Thursday morning.
Egypt’s prime minister says he can’t “rule out” the possibility that a terrorist attack brought the plane down.
He says there was no “distress call” but there was a “signal” from the plane.
UPDATE: 2:30 a.m.
CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian aviation officials say an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed. .
The Airbus A321 disappeared from radar early Thursday morning.
The airline said Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo vanished 2:45 a.m. Egypt time, 10 miles (16 kilometers) after it entered Egyptian air space.