Orange debris in Mediterranean could be from missing EgyptAir flight MS804


EgyptAir plane at Charles de Gaulle

Debris believed to be from a passenger plane which crashed with 66 people on board has been found.

An Egyptian aircraft spotted two orange objects near the Mediterranean island of Karpathos, which are believed to have come from EgyptAir flight MS804, Greek military officials said.

The discovery comes as Egypt's aviation minister said it was more likely to have been brought down by terrorism than a technical fault.

The flight from Paris to Cairo on Thursday morning disappeared from radar 10 miles inside Egyptian air space at 2.30am Cairo time (1.30am BST) after taking off just under three-and-a-half hours earlier from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The news of debris came as Egyptian civil aviation minister Sherif Fathy told a Cairo press conference: "If you analyse the situation properly the possibility of ... having a terror attack is higher than the possibility of having a technical (failure)."

A Briton was among the passengers aboard the flight, which made a series of sharp turns and plummeted thousands of feet through the air before disappearing.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: "We know that one British passport holder boarded the flight in Paris and our staff are providing support and assistance to the family at this difficult time. We will continue to help in any way we can."

Among the other passengers were a child and two babies, EgyptAir said.

The 56 passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one each from Britain, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria, Canada, Belgium, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Snappa graphic on the EgyptAir crash of May 19 2016

The idea that it had been downed by terrorism was repeated by Alexander Bortnikov, director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). He told news agencies the loss was "most likely a terrorist attack".