Egypt's aviation minister says 'terrorism' more likely than technical failure in EgyptAir crash

EgyptAir flight failure likely due to "technical error".
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Egypt's aviation minister said Thursday that the EgyptAir crash has a "stronger" possibility of being an act of terrorism than a technical failure, The Associated Press reports. Russia's domestic security chief also said Thursday that the country believes the plane was downed in an act of terrorism.

Egypt reported that EgyptAir Flight 804, en route from Paris to Cairo, crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday morning, shortly after entering Egyptian air space. The airplane, an Airbus A320, was carrying 66 passengers and crew, including three security personnel. Thirty of the passengers were from Egypt, 15 were from France, and the rest hailed from Europe, the Middle East, and Canada. Greek officials believe they have found debris from the plane.

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