Debris from EgyptAir plane discovered

May 20, 2016, 10:03 AM EDT
Boeing 777-36N(ER) at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [CAN]
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The debris from EgyptAir flight MS804, which went missing on Thursday en route from Paris to Cairo, has been found in the Mediterranean Sea, some 290 km from Alexandria, said Egypt’s military.  Based on initial observations, local authorities have suggested that the flight was brought down by a terrorist attack rathern than a technical snag. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed “utmost sadness and regret” at the tragedy.

A massive search operation was launched by Greek, Egyptian, French and U.K. military units near Greece's Karpathos Island, writes the BBC. Late on Thursday, news emerged that the flight wreckage had been found, though Greek authorities later retracted this claim.

Three experts from France's air accident investigation bureau will be joining the Egyptian inquiry to ascertain the reason behind the crash. Currently, the French authorities are trying to find signs of a security breach at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

Although suspicions are focused on Islamist militants who targeted another airliner over Egypt last year, reports Reuters, no group has yet claimed responsibility for downing the EgyptAir flight.