EgyptAir escalates search for crashed plane; terrorist attack suspected


Cairo. The massive search is in process for the debris of EgyptAir plane that tumbled into the
Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board, now said to be an act of terrorism by the Egyptian authority.

Egypt’s aviation minister said that while it was too early to say why Airbus A320 disappeared from radar screens, a “terrorist” attack seems to more probable scenario than a technical failure.

The tragedy may remind the repeat bombing byb the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group on a Russian passenger plane over Egypt that killed 224 people on board last October.

The airbus A320 suddenly vanished between the Greek Islands on the Egyptian coast overnight, without sending a distress call that raised the suspicion of terrorist attack.

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi asked an ‘intensified search’ for the missing aircraft. Both Egypt and Greece hustled aircraft and naval vessels on the search operation.

EgyptAir initially said on its Twitter account that the Egyptian authorities had recovered wreckage from the missing aircraft No. MS 804 near Greece's Karpathos Island. But the head of the Greek air safety authority, Athanasios Binis, told AFP that debris found close to the area where the jet went down did "not come from a plane," a finding he said was confirmed by his Egyptian counterpart.

EgyptAir hit the headlines in March when a flight from the coastal city of Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and enforced to divert to Cyprus, where the hijacker, who was described as "unstable", demanded to see his ex-wife.

He had claimed he was wearing an explosive vest, which turned out to be fake.

Last October, foreign governments issued travel warnings for Egypt and demanded a review of security at its airports after IS downed the Russian airliner with what it said was a bomb concealed in a soda can that had been smuggled into the hold.