BREAKING: EgyptAir flight with 66 on board vanishes over southern Aegean Sea

BREAKING: EgyptAir flight with 66 on board vanishes over southern Aegean Sea
(Image: Screen grab of BBC video)

[Ed. – A number of sites have running updates on this.  The Guardian‘s timeline indicates the plane dropped 22,000 feet in the final minute before contact was lost, and made “sudden swerves.”  It was near the Greek island of Karpathos, and there has been no report yet of people on the island seeing an in-air explosion.  Developing.]

EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.

The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he had been told the flight crashed.

It’s too early in the investigation to say for sure what caused the disaster, and at this point experts say anything from mechanical failure to the terrorism is a possibility.

No hypothesis has been ruled out,” Hollande said.

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