EgyptAir pilot Mohamed Shokeir spoke to Greek air traffic control half an hour before the plane disappeared from air traffic radar
A terrorist act was being blamed last night for the downing of a plane that veered wildly out of control before plunging 37,000 feet into the Mediterranean on a flight from Paris to Cairo.
Sixty-six people, including a British geologist whose second daughter was born three weeks ago, were on board.
A senior American intelligence official said that the US strongly suspected an explosion on board EgyptAir Flight 804 but that the cause of such a blast — whether a bomb or a mechanical failure — was still to be determined.