Disaster Confirmed: But EgyptAir Flight 804 Still Missing

  • by: Alan Duke

UPDATE: An EgyptAir vice president retracted his earlier statement to CNN that "We have found the wreckage" of Flight 804 about 170 miles off the coast of Egypt. The search for debris in the sea is slowed by nightfall late Thursday, he said.

French President Francois Hollande confirmed it was a crash.

The captain of a freighter that has joined the search off the coast of Egypt for signs of Egypt Air 804 posted this photo of what appears to be an orange life vest on his personal Facebook page Thursday. There has been no confirmation that the object is debris from the missing passenger plane.

Airline officials said the A320 with 66 people on board disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean during a flight from Paris to Cairo. The initial theory is a terror bomb brought down the plane, according to CNN.

Earlier, Egyptian Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy told reporters a "terrorist act" or mechanical issue behind the disaster.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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