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Egypt Officials: Missing plane more likely a terrorist attack than a technical failure.

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The first signs of the missing EgyptAir flight’s wreckage were found floating in the Mediterranean. The plane took two sharp turns before disappearing off radar en route from Paris to Cairo, officials said. 66 people were on board.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said the possibility of a terror attack as the cause of the crash was “higher than that of a technical error,”  Egypt’s state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported. US officials have told CNN that they are theorizing that a bomb exploded on the plane, but stressed that it was too early to confirm.

The paper reported the flight captain’s name as Captain Mohamed Shokeir and reported that all appeared fine with the flight until French air traffic controllers turned the flight over to Egyptian air traffic controllers.

According to USA Today, multiple nations were assisting the search and recovery mission.

The French military said a Falcon surveillance jet monitoring the Mediterranean for migrants was diverted to help in the Egypt-led search effort for the airliner. Greece’s defense ministry also mobilized a search-and-rescue operation. U.S. Commander Sixth Fleet is working to provide U.S. Navy P-3 Orion support, according to the U.S. Navy.

US officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama is receiving updates on the situation as they become available. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump almost immediately called the crash “another terrorist attack.” Likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said the attack highlighted the need to remain vigilant against not only ISIS, but the other organized terror networks that “have to be hunted down and defeated.”

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