On Friday, Greek officials said human remains, an airplane seat and luggage were found in the Mediterranean roughly 5 miles from where EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared from radar while travelingfrom Paris to Cairo on Thursday, ABC reports.
Wreckage and passenger belongings were also reportedly found by the Egyptian military about 180 miles north of the city of Alexandria.
— BBC News Graphics (@BBCNewsGraphics) May 20, 2016
This confirms the flight crashed into the sea with 66 peopleaboard, including three children.
The flight disappeared from radar at 37,000 feet when it was 10 miles into Egyptian airspace.
Officials have not yet confirmed what caused the crash, but French President Franois Hollande said they have not ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
Search and rescue teams are reportedly still searching for the plane’s black box to gain a better understanding of the events that led up to the crash, as the plane didn’t send out a distress single before it went down.
— Jane Wardell (@TheJaneWardell) May 19, 2016
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) May 19, 2016
According to ABC News, US officials said US government satellites have not shown any signs the plane exploded. Correspondingly, the passenger manifest contained no names presently on terror watch lists, Associated Press reports.
In spite of a lack of evidence, Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, seems to assume this was an act of terror.
Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2016
No group has claimed responsibility for the crash.
FBI Director on #EgyptAir – “So far we have no claim of responsibility, or evidence it was an intentional act.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 19, 2016
All of this is certainly very disheartening and unsettling, but it’s worth remembering flying is still one of the safest forms of traveling.
To put this into perspective, traveling by car is 100 times more dangerous, and you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than die in a plane crash.
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