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Search for missing flight continues even on second day

Greek authorities have found ‘floating material’ and life jackets that perhaps belong to the plane

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Publish Date: May 20 2016 12:12PM | Updated Date: May 20 2016 12:21PM

Search for missing flight continues even on second day
Amidst all the anticipations that were being made by different people of the world, with one of the assumptions to be the crash of MS804, the Egyptian Prime Minister has said that it was too early to rule out any explanation for the crash, including an attack like the one blamed for bringing down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last year. The country's aviation minister said a terrorist attack was more likely than a technical failure.
 
 
The Egypt Air was carrying about 66 passengers and disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean on Thursday. 
 
 
According to Egyptian civil aviation ministry, Greek authorities have found ‘floating material’ and life jackets that are likely to belong to the plane, as said by Egyptian Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail. 
 
 
Greek defense sources told many media websites that the material was discovered in the sea 230 miles (370 km) south of the island of Crete.
 
 
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the civil aviation ministry, the army's search and rescue center, the navy, and the air force to take all necessary measures to locate debris from the aircraft.
 
 
Greece had deployed aircraft and a frigate to search for the missing plane. Egypt said it would lead the investigation and France would participate. Paris said three investigators would arrive in Egypt on Thursday evening.
 
 
Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus swerved 90 degrees to the left, spun through 360 degrees to the right and plunged from 37,000 feet to 15,000 before vanishing from Greek radar screens.
 
 
According to Greece's civil aviation chief, calls from Greek air traffic controllers to flight MS804 went unanswered just before it left Greek airspace, and it disappeared from radar screens soon afterwards.
 
 
The Egyptian officials are however, not ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
 
 
The people who were aboard include one child and two infants. It also includes 10 crew members. It also included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals, along with citizens of 10 other countries.
 
 
A man identified as an Australian-UK dual national was also aboard, according to the Australian government.
 
 
The United state has said that there is no indication of any American citizen aboard.