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Although investigators are still piecing together the sequence of events that led to the sudden disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804 last Wednesday night, officials from several nations are in agreement on one key fact: It was probably terrorists.
Egyptian civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi, Donald Trump—perhaps prematurely—and Hillary Clinton all confirmed today that available intelligence suggests the crash was part of a terrorist plot.
“I don’t want to go to speculations and I don’t want to go to assumptions,” the New York Times quotes Fathi as saying: “Still, he said, ‘if you analyze the situation properly,’ the possibility of ‘having a terror attack is higher than the possibility’ of technical failure.”
Still, the Times reports intelligence analysts who monitor jihadi communications have not seen any groups trying to claim responsibility.
The plane, which took off from Paris on Wednesday at 11:09 p.m., had just crossed into Egyptian airspace when it suddenly, and without warning, made a sharp left turn, a full circle to the right, and then plummeted thousands of feet before disappearing from radar contact at 2:37 a.m.
Egyptian and Greek authorities, working in tandem to locate the plane, reportedly found debris linked to the wreckage about 205 nautical miles southeast of Crete early this morning.