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EgyptAir Retracts Statements, Flight 804 Still Missing

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 19, 2016

EgyptAir Retracts Statements, Flight 804 Still Missing

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UPDATE 8:00 a.m. 5/20/2016: Egyptian military officials are now confirming that wreckage of flight 804 has been found near Alexandria, Egypt. Full story here.

After EgyptAir vice president Ahmed Adel told that search teams had found the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, the airline has issued an official retraction, saying now that the debris discovered was not from the missing airplane.

According to, Greek air safety authority head Athanasios Binis has announced that the debris found in the Mediterranean Sea was not from an airplane and that EgyptAir Flight 804 was still missing.

Earlier in the day, Adel told CNN that life jackets and plastic materials found in the search area were likely from the airplane, saying “We have found the wreckage.” Those reports have proven to be false.

Search and rescue efforts from all of the countries involved continue.

EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared early Thursday with 56 passengers and 10 crew members onboard. The plane was en route from Paris to Cairo, Egypt when reported the plane "swerved 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right" and then crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.


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