EgyptAir flight wreckage found, search continues

May 19, 2016, 3:37 PM EDT
EgyptAir Airbus A320
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An EgyptAir flight traveling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board went missing on Thursday. The plane's wreckage was found near the Greek island of Karpathos. 

Greek air traffic controllers last had contact with EgyptAir Flight MS804 while the plane was flying past the island of Kea. Until then there had been no apparent problems, reports Reuters.

The Egyptian navy, air force and coast guard launched a massive search and rescue operation in coordination with Greek armed forces, writes the BBC. Initially, local media reported that a distress call had been sent by the plane two hours after its disappearance, but the military denied receiving any such signal.

An attack by Islamic militants could not be ruled out, authorities said, considering that Islamic State, having pledged to target Egypt and westerners, struck a Russian passenger jet seven months ago, killing 224 passengers and crew.

The French government, which plans to hold an emergency meeting to discuss plane’s disappearance, has assured close cooperation with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi, writes The Guardian