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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Live Blog: Latest Updates From the EgyptAir Flight 804 Crash Investigation - NBC News

Live Blog: Latest Updates From the EgyptAir Flight 804 Crash Investigation

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar early Thursday, and authorities say the jet crashed.

What we know

  • 56 passengers were onboard, along with seven crew and three security personnel
  • The Airbus was about 10 miles into Egyptian airspace at nearly 37,000 feet when it vanished from radar at 2:46 a.m. local time.
  • No Americans were on board. The passenger manifest is predominantly Egyptian and French nationals. Three children are among the passengers.
  • French President Francois Hollande confirmed the plane crashed and France has opened an investigation into the flight's disappearance.

Latest Updates

Reports: Possible Aircraft Debris Spotted in Sea

Search teams have spotted what could be debris from crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804, according to reports.

A Greek military official told The Associated Press that an Egyptian search plane had located two orange items believed to be from the missing plane. The official said the items were found 230 miles south-southeast of the island of Crete, according to the AP.

It was not immediately clear what suggested the items might be from the missing jet.

The deputy spokesman of the Greek Army General Staff told NBC News that "findings" had been reported by Egyptian aircraft participating in the search. Further details were not available.

Ex-CIA Official: 'Egypt Has Been in the Crosshairs of ISIS'

Jeremy Bash, who served as chief of staff at both the Department of Defense and the CIA, told TODAY that if the disappearance of MS804 is terrorism, analysts will be looking at the stream of threats since the Paris attack last year.

Ex-CIA official on MS804: 'Egypt has been in the crosshairs of ISIS' 3:29

Bash said ISIS released a video campaign last week targeting Egypt.

U.S. Navy Aircraft Joining Search Effort

A U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft will join the search and rescue mission for the crashed jet at the request of the Greek government, a U.S. Navy official told NBC News.

The aircraft was set to take off from Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, just before 8 a.m. ET. It was expected to be on station in a few hours. The aircraft will be under the authority of the Greek-led recovery mission.

Where EgyptAir 804 Disappeared From Radar

Here is the flight path of Egypt Air 804 from Paris to Cairo, which is being reported as having crashed Thursday, May 19.

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