Egypt's Air Crash likely caused by terrorist attack - Minister

Egypt's Aviation Ministry said 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Briton and a Belgian were among the 66 people on board the EgyptAir flight.

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Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo, was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt, international media has reported. play

Flight MS181, an Airbus A320 carrying 81 passengers from Alexandria to Cairo, was taken over after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt, international media has reported.

 

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Egypt's aviation minister has said the crash of an EgyptAir flight en route to Cairo from Paris was more likely caused by a terrorist attack than by a technical failure.

Minister Sherif Fathy disclosed this even as a search operation continued in the Mediterranean for wreckage from the plane, voanews.com reports.

Egypt's Aviation Ministry said 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Briton and a Belgian were among the 66 people on board the EgyptAir flight.

The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew. There were three security personnel onboard.

Airbus has confirmed that missing flight MS804 has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.

The manufacturer said the A320 operated by EgyptAir "was lost" at around 2.30am local time during its scheduled flight from Paris to Cairo, the UK Independent reported.

"An official source at EgyptAir stated that Flight MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar," the airline said on its official Twitter account.

EgyptAir said the plane was traveling at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280 meters), and disappeared in Egyptian air space at 02:30 a.m., some 280 kms (165 miles) from the Egyptian coastline, before it was due to land at 03:15 a.m.

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