airline had said searchers found wreckage in the sea off Karpathos
Island and that the country's civil aviation ministry had confirmed
it was from the AirbusA320 which vanished en
route from Paris to Cairo.
of passengers mourn. Photo: AFP
EgyptAir vice president Ahmed Adel told CNN that the wreckage had not
stand corrected on finding the wreckage because what we identified is
not a part of our plane. So the search and rescue is still going on,"
officials had already cast doubt on the debris being from the flight.
Air accident investigator Athanasios Binis told the BBC it was not
from the plane , and Greek sources told Reuters the material found so
far was not blue and white - the EgyptAir colours.
colours are blue and white, and Greek authorities say the debris is
not. Photo: AFP
people were on board Flight MS804, most of them from Egypt and
defence minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus A320 had "turned
90 degrees left and then a 360-degree turn to the right", before
disappearing from radar.
aviation minister Sherif Fathi said the possibility of a terror
attack was stronger than technical failure.
not try to jump to the side that is trying to identify this as a
technical failure - on the contrary.
situation may point - and I say 'may' because I don't want to
speculate and I don't want to go to assumptions like others - but if
you analyse the situation properly, the possibility of having a
different action, or having a terror attack, is higher than the
possibility of having a technical [fault]."
to Greece's civil aviation chief, calls from Greek air traffic
controllers to flight MS804 went unanswered just before it left Greek
airspace, and it disappeared from radar screens soon afterwards.
air traffic controllers had spoken to the pilot over the island of
Kea, in what was thought to be the last broadcast from the aircraft.
"The pilot did not mention any problems," Kostas
Litzerakis, the head of Greece's civil aviation department said.
plane was travelling from Paris to Cairo, and faded from radar 10
miles after entering Egyptian airspace, about 2.30am local time
passengers and 10 crew were on board Airbus A320
Egyptians and 15 French nationals were on the plane, and a number of
people from different nationalities. No New Zealanders are believed
to have been on board
call was made about 4.26am local time, Egypt's military says - but
the Civil Aviation Authority later said that wasn't true.
teams have been searching the area 50km off the Egyptian coastline
was no official indication of a possible cause, whether technical
failure, human error or sabotage. Ultra-hardline Islamists have
targeted airports, airliners and tourist sites in Europe, Egypt,
Tunisia and other Middle Eastern countries over the past few years.
if he could rule terrorist involvement, Egyptian Prime Minister
Sherif Ismail told reporters: "We cannot exclude anything at
this time or confirm anything. All the search operations must be
concluded so we can know the cause."
President Francois Hollande also said the cause was unknown. "No
hypothesis can be ruled out, nor can any be favoured over another."