Twenty minutes ago, Egyptair announced they received information from the Egyptian Armed Forces that wreckage from flight MS804 had been found.
It is presumed that all 66 persons on the flight died.
The company sincerely conveyed its deepest sorrow to families and friends of the passengers.
Not all of the wreckage has been located, and the black box has not yet been recovered.
The search continues in the area where the first wreckage was seen. The company says it will issue further updates on its website and on twitter and other social media channels.
Egyptair is a member of the Star Alliance. It is an alliance of 28 airlines, including United Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Lufhansa, and Singapore Airlines.
The Egyptian Armed Forces have informed EGYPTAIR that they have found first debris from the missing aircraft operating flight MS804 #MS804
– EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 20, 2016
The airline’s website now says:
Debris from MS804 found by Egyptian military The Egyptian Armed Forces have informed EGYPTAIR that they have found first debris from the missing aircraft operating flight MS804 around 295 KM from the Egyptian coastline. MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 295 KM from the Egyptian sea coast at 02:30 am CLT on 19 May. It was due to arrive Cairo Airport at 03:15 am CLT. The search in the area continues and further updates will be issued on www.egyptair.com and in our social media channels as more information becomes available. EGYPTAIR sincerely conveys its deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers on-board Flight MS804. We extend our deepest sympathies to those affected and have engaged international emergency support group Kenyon to assist with care for those touched by this tragedy. Those concerned about missing relatives or friends who may have been on board are invited to call 080077770000 within Egypt Or +20225989320 international.
Egyptian aviation officers said flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo international airport. Most of the 56 passengers were Egyptian. (30 Egyptians, 15 French and at least one Briton.)
The plane took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11.09pm, for a three hour flight. The plane was about 280 kilometers from the Egyptian coast when it made some strange maneuvers, first dropping 17,000 feet, and then another 5,000 feet, before it disappeared from the radar (at 10,000 feet).