EgyptAir Plane Crashes After Vanishing from Radar

Egypt’s chief prosecutor has ordered an urgent investigation into a missing EgyptAir flight that crashed over Egyptian airspace.

Fifty-six passengers and ten crew members were on board.

EgyptAir says they lost contact with Flight 804 early Thursday morning, and confirmed the crash hours later.

As of right now, the Egyptian Aviation Minister is stressing that Egypt will not rule out any possible causes, including a "terrorist attack."

The White House says it’s too early to tell what caused the plane to crash. 

The plane was heading from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from radar over the Mediterranean Sea.

Egyptian aviation officials say a distress signal was detected in the general area where the plane disappeared, but not until about two hours after it vanished.

Airline officials say the signal could have come from another vessel in the area.

Greece’s defense minister says the flight made abrupt turns and suddenly lost altitude just before disappearing from radar shortly after entering Cairo’s air traffic control area.

Right now, crews from multiple countries are searching for the crashed airliner.

An Egyptian Civil Aviation minister says debris, including life jackets and plastic items have been found floating off the coast of the Greek island of Karpathos, close to the suspected crash site, but it does not belong to the missing aircraft. 

Egyptian air officials say the plane’s pilot had more than 6,000 hours of flying experience.

No Americans were on board.

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