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EgyptAir flight MS804 missing: What we know so farIBTimes UK

Greek and Egyptian authorities have said they believe they have found the debris of EgyptAir flight MS804 which disappeared while flying over the Mediterranean. The Airbus A320 was travelling from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared at around 2.45am Cairo time (1.45am BST).

EgyptAir MS804 crash: French president Francois Hollande says plane crashedIBTimes UK
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This concludes IBTimes UK's coverage of EgyptAir flight MS804.

19:05

EgyptAir has confirmed that wreckage of the flight was recovered in an online statement:

"[The] Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No. MS 804 near Karpathos Island.

"EgyptAir sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MS804. Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane."

17:45

The Vice President of EgyptAir has told CNN that wreckage has just been found.

The airline had earlier rebuffed reports from Greek officials stating that debris from flight MS804 had been found in the Mediterranean.

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David Cameron, British Museum
The Prime Minister declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the missing plane. Leon Neal/ AFP

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has briefly commented on the missing EgyptAir flight on LBC radio.

"This is obviously a dreadful event. We don't know very much right now about what's happened," he told the London radio station.

"We know that there was one British national on the plane. It looks as if it has gone down in the Mediterranean."

The Prime Minister declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the missing plane.

"We simply don't know but all the experts are talking to each other and trying to work out what has happened and when we know more, we'll be able to say more," he said.

17:26

US Secretary of State John Kerry has declined to comment on the fate of EgyptAir flight MS804,

"Relevant authorities are doing everything they can to try and find out what the facts are of what happened today. I have no more knowledge than others at this point with respect to those facts," Reuters news agency quoted Kerry as saying.

16:45

EgyptAir - which the the Egyptian government has said would lead on all official information relayed about the missing flight - has said statements by Greek officials to several news outlets about the discovery of two pieces of debris is incorrect.

16:40

The United States has also sent military resources to aid the Egypt-led mission to search for the plane. The US Navy has said it has dispatched a P-3 Orion to look for further signs of the plane.

16:30

The Secretary of State for Defence has said Britain has offered a C-130 Hercules aircraft and to support Egyptian authorities in the search operation. He said: "Our thoughts remain with the families of those on board EgyptAir flight MS804 as then await further information."

16:25

The Carmathen Journal has reported the one Briton missing in the Flight MS804 crash is believed to be Richard Osman a 40-year-old man who grew up in Carmarthen, Wales.

Family and friends have led tributes to Osman on social media and a flight manifest with his name has also emerged online.

16:12

Breaking: US officials are saying that the early indications are that a bomb took down the stricken flight, according to CNN

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EgyptAir MS804
Debris reportedly from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 has been found near to where it disappeared off radarsTarek Wahba

Tarek Wahba, an Egyptian ship captain whose vessel, the Maersk Ahram, participated in search and rescue operations after the disappearance the plane shared images on Facebook purportedly showing debris from the flight. The unverifiable images show an orange object floating in the water.

There is also unverified video footage appearing to show floating in the sea:

14:58

Britain is stepping up its efforts to locate further debris. The Royal Navy's RFA Lyme Bay has made its way to the area with offers of further assistance.

14:39
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Foreign Secretary Philip HammondGetty Images

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said in a statement: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of all those missing following the disappearance of EgyptAir's flight MS804.

"We are in close contact with Egyptian and French authorities and have offered the Egyptian authorities our support in their search and rescue efforts.

"We know that one British passport holder boarded the flight in Paris and our staff are providing support and assistance to the family at this difficult time.

"We will continue to help in any way we can."

14:37

Airbus said the aircraft was delivered to EgyptAir in 2003 and had logged 48,000 flight hours before it "was lost" over the Mediterranean, AP has reported. The European plane-maker said in a statement Thursday that it had engines made by Swiss-based engine consortium IAE, and had the serial number 2088.

14:18

More from AP on the debris of EgyptAir flight: Two orange items believed to be from the missing EgyptAir flight were recovered 230 miles (370 kilometers) south-southeast of the island of Crete but still within the Egyptian air traffic control area.

One of the items was oblong, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

14:14

The believed debris of the EgyptAir flight MS804 is reported by the BBC to have been two pieces of plastic. They were discovered by a Greek frigate within the initial search area around Karpathos.

14:10

The Russian intelligence agency the FSB has said the crash was most likely caused a terror attack.

Russia's Interfax news agency said the plane's disappearance was "likely to be linked to a terrorist attack," quoting the head of the country's FSB security service.

14:08

Speaking to the BBC, a French air traffic controller has described the descent of flight EgyptAir flight MS804 was "rapid" and "very sudden". He added that the crew were "not able to respond to the rules" because of how quickly the incident took place.

13:56

The debris of the missing flight has been located just south of the Greek Island of Karpathos.

13:55

France's President Francois Hollande has said the EgyptAir flight has crashed, in contradiction with statements from Egyptian officials who have said they will describe the plane as missing until further information becomes available.

EgyptAir MS804 crash: French president Francois Hollande says plane crashedIBTimes UK

13:28

Following a meeting of Egypt's National Security Council, chaired by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the country's authorities have said they will continue to collaborate with their French and Greek counterparts as they search for the missing flight.

The Egyptian government will provide to assistance to the families of those missing in the presumed crash, Sisi's office has said in a statement. The most up to date information will be made available through EgyptAir's crisis centre

13:22

More pictures of the families of the missing EgyptAir flight passengers have emerged as they arrive at Cairo airport to get updates on the developing situation.

A relative of a passenger who was flying aboard an EgyptAir plane
A relative of a passenger who was flying aboard an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo overnight cries as family members are transported by bus to a gathering point at Cairo airportAFP

12:56
Egyptian aviation minister
BBC

At a press conference in Cairo, the Egyptian government said it was too early to rule out terrorism or a technical fault as the cause of the plane's disappearance.

Its aviation minister added he would refer to the plane as "missing" until debris is found, which contrasts with president Hollande's assertion it has crashed. The minister has also advised relatives and families to watch TV for updates.

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Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos
Greek defence minister Panos KammenosGetty

The latest reports are that the plane swerved left and right before dramatically losing altitude and disappearing off radar.

Greek air traffic controllers attempted to contact the cockpit for up to 10-12 minutes but were met with radio silence. This happened while the plane was just 20 minutes from its destination, Cairo.

The last time controllers spoke to the flight deck the aircraft did not seem to be in any danger.