Wreckage of Missing EgyptAir Flight 804 Found
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UPDATE: More details on this developing story can be found here.
UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. ET 5/19/16
New reports coming out Thursday afternoon suggest the original statements made by EgyptAir vice president Ahmed Adel about search teams finding the wreckage of Flight 804 were incorrect.
Greek officials contradicted the reports of the debris being found, saying the items discovered thus far are not from the missing airplane. EgyptAir has officially retracted its claim to have found debris from Flight 804. Adel told CNN, “We stand corrected. The wreckage is not our aircraft.”
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#Egyptair wreckage NOT yet found, debris found not from plane, says Greek air authorities. Egyptair now says VP was wrong in CNN interview.— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) May 19, 2016
BREAKING Egyptair had originally told #CNN "We have found the wreckage," but they have retracted. Flight with 66 ppl aboard is still MISSING— Amy La Porte CNN (@AmyALaPorte) May 19, 2016
Search teams located the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 after it went missing over the Mediterranean Sea in the early morning hours on Thursday, EgyptAir vice president Ahmed Adel told CNN.com.
“We have found the wreckage,” Adel told CNN.com. “There are so many reasons why a plane can fall from the sky and crash. We have no explanations at this stage. We need more investigation.”
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Adel is reporting that the search-and-rescue mission for EgyptAir Flight 804 has now turned into a search-and-recovery mission, indicating that all passengers and crew aboard the flight have died.
“Our main concern right now is taking care of the family and friends of all those who perished,” Adel told CNN.com. “We are now in the process of contacting next of kin. Once that process is complete, we will release the passenger manifest.”
EgyptAir shared a statement about the discovery of the wreckage on Facebook:
Officials from EgyptAir are reporting no distress call came from the plane before radio communication was lost, according to CNN's Atika Shubert on Twitter:
“Now the task at hand will be to use those bits of wreckage in hand that are floating to backtrack the hours to the impact time, trying to better understand or narrow down an underwater search — which is not an easy thing to do,” David Gallo of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory told CNN.com. “It’s not routine, especially water of this depth. It’s about 4,000 meters, so that will be a difficult task ahead.”
EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared from radio communication early Thursday with 56 passengers and 10 crewmembers onboard during a journey from Paris to Cairo, Egypt. CNN.com 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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