Donald Trump says EgyptAir Flight 804 crash was 'terrorist attack'

Athanassios Binis, head of Greece's Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board, told ERT TV that "an assessment of the finds showed that they do not belong to an aircraft", and that had been confirmed by Egyptian authorities.

But its tourism industry was badly hit following the downing of a Russian jet previous year with the deaths of all 224 on board, the ongoing Islamist insurgency and a string of bomb attacks in the country.

A relative of the victims of the EgyptAir flight 804 wipes her tears as she is comforted by unidentified people at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris, Thursday, May 19, 2016.

"The plane carried out a 90-degree turn to the left and a 360-degree turn to the right, falling from 37,000 to 15,000 feet and the signal was lost at around 10,000 feet", Kammenos told a news conference.

Egyptian aviation officials said the plane crashed and that a search for debris was now under way.

Egypt's state-run newspaper al-Ahram quoted an EgyptAir statement as saying the Egyptian army's rescue and search had received a distress call from the plane at 04:26 local time - which would be around two hours after the flight disappeared.

Britain has also offered help to Egypt after it was confirmed a United Kingdom national was on board the stricken aircraft, along with 10 crew members and 56 passengers, including one child and two babies.

EgyptAir released information on the nationalities of the 56 passengers on board Flight MS804, including 30 Egyptians, 15 Frenchman, two Iraqis, and nine passengers each from Britain, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada.

IS said they had bombed the plane.

When the plane vanished it was about 175 miles away from Egypt's coast, according to officials.

The Paris prosecutor's office announced it has opened an investigation into the flight's disappearance, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.

Authorities in Egypt and France said it was too soon to say what caused the Airbus A320 carrying 66 people to come down on its way from Paris to Cairo.

Last October, foreign governments issued travel warnings for Egypt and demanded a review of security at its airports after the Islamic State group downed the Russian airliner with what it said was a bomb concealed in a soda can that had been smuggled into the hold.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi chaired an emergency meeting of the country's national security council Thursday to discuss the flight's disappearance, CNN reported.

ROME- No hypothesis can be ruled out in the case of missing EgyptAr flight MS804, not even an act of terrorism. The woman sobbed, holding her face in a handkerchief.

A man and a woman, identified by airport staff as relatives of the flight's passengers, sat at an information desk near the EgyptAir counter at Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 1. The pilot had more than 6,000 hours of flying time, authorities said. The pair were led away by police.

He said they were "fully co-operating" with French authorities and the manufacturers of the aeroplane. Officials in Moscow and Egypt later said the aircraft was brought down by an explosive device. An A320 takes off or lands every 30 seconds around the world, Feldzer said. Almost 4,000 A320s are now in use around the world.

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