Plane debris from EgyptAir flight found, Egyptian military and airline confirms 5 years ago

Plane debris from EgyptAir flight found, Egyptian military and airline confirms

Debris from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 has been found in the Mediterranean, the Egyptian military and national airline has confirmed.

The Greek authorities have confirmed the sad discovery.

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There have been lots of conflicting reports about the search operation over the last 24 hours. EgyptAir had said last night that debris was discovered near the Greek island of Karpathos, but the airline's vice president, Ahmed Adel, later walked back that statement by saying: "We stand corrected. [The debris] is not our aircraft”.

Egyptian, French, Greek, British and American navy, air force and army personnel are continuing to search the sea north of Egypt's coast.

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Egyptian officials also state that the plane was more likely to have been brought down by a terrorist act than a technical fault - but no terror group has claimed responsibility for the disaster yet.

The flight from Paris to Cairo that went off-radar in the early hours of Thursday morning, and there was confusion and concern as to its whereabouts and the wellbeing of those onboard.

It was soon confirmed that the plane carrying 66 passengers and crew went down overnight in the region of the Greek Dodecanese islands.

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More details are emerging about some of the passengers on board:

The British passenger has been named as 40-year-old Richard Osman, who is believed to work as a geologist and is married with two young daughters.

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His second child was born just a few weeks ago.

Mr Osman's TV host namesake tweeted his condolences when the news emerged:

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CNN has put together this timeline of the flight's last moments:

EgyptAir also released information about the flight's captain. He is named as Mohamed Said Shoukair, and has 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on the A320. The copilot is named Mohamed Mamdouh Ahmed, and has 2,766 flying hours. The plane was manufactured in 2003.

Meanwhile, economist Mohamed El Dahshan made this flowchart to draw attention to how the media and internet commentators approach developing stories like the EgyptAir plane crash.

“Some armchair analysts just love to pass for serious pundits, pontificating with absolutely zero knowledge on the subject," he told BuzzFeed News. "People I personally know know nothing about the matter. And some readers will read, retweet, and spread their nonsense.”