Egyptian Official: Debris Found not from EgyptAir Flight 804
Search operations are continuing after debris found over a Greek island turned out not to be from the EgyptAir flight that disappeared off radar nearly 24 hours ago, according to an official in Egypt.
The official told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “We stand corrected on finding the wreckage because what we identified is not a part of our plane. So the search and rescue is still going on.” The quote came from Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel of EgyptAir, who earlier in the day made the announcement to CNN that the plane’s wreckage was found.
The Twitter account of EgyptAir, which has been used by the airline to try to keep information flowing about the search and to try to prevent rumors from spreading via the media, hasn’t tweeted in English for five hours. Their last tweet mentioned the search for the debris continuing.
The Egyptian Investigation Team in co-operation with the Greek counterpart are still searching for other remains of the missing plane.
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
This will continue to be monitored, and as always, the hope is that some information comes out about the parts of the plane. It is still tough, but for the sake of family and friends of those on board, it can provide information that can hopefully bring them some sort of closure.
Background on the Missing Flight (BBC):
“The search in seas south of the Greek island of Karpathos involves Greek and Egyptian naval forces, and the British Royal Air Force.
Sixty-six people were on board Flight MS804, most of them from Egypt and France. A Briton was among the passengers.
Of those on the plane, 56 were passengers, seven were crew members and three were security personnel.
Relatives of some of those on board are being flown from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Cairo.
Flight MS804 left Charles de Gaulle at 23:09 local time on Wednesday (21:09 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive in the Egyptian capital soon after 03:15 local time on Thursday.”