The search for missing Flight MS804 has entered its second day.
After earlier reports that wreckage had been found just off the Greek island of Karpathos, it was later confirmed that this was not the case. As of this morning, the final resting place of Flight MS804 has not yet been located.
66 people were on board the aircraft, an Airbus A320, when it departed from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris, bound for Cairo. The plane disappeared from radar screens while flying over the Mediterranean Sea, in what would have been the last leg of its journey.
Reports later emerged that the aircraft executed two radical manuevers inconsistent with controlled flight, and dropped about 22,000ft before vanishing from radar.
Officials are now working on the theory that the aircraft was taken down by an explosive device.
EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean Sea earlier today, minutes after its last communication with air traffic control.
The flight, an Airbus A320 model, was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew on board at the time of its disapperance. Authorities have now confirmed that the plane likely crashed into the sea, after satellite images revealed that the aircraft made a sudden 90-degree turn to the left, then an almost 360 turn to the right, thus reversing direction, and subsequently plunged about 22,000ft.
The quick and dramatic nature of these actions suggest that the aircraft was struck by a sudden event, which almost rules out a mechanical failure, pointing instead to foul play.
While nothing has been confirmed, Egyptian authorities have now suggested that terrorist activity may have brought the airliner down.
Search and rescue teams have now spotted debris floating around the area of possible impact.
Earlier reports said that a fisherman had witnessed a ‘flame in the sky’ around the area where the plane is thought to have crashed.