Plane goes down off Greece, death toll 60

delhi Updated: May 20, 2016 18:35 IST

CAIRO: An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday after swerving wildly in flight, authorities said. Egypt said it may have been a terrorist attack.

There were no immediate signs of survivors and ships were en route to investigate floating objects that could be plane debris.

EgyptAir Flight 804, with 56 passengers and 10 crew members, went down halfway between the Greek island of Crete and Egypt’s coastline after takeoff from Paris.

The Greek defence minister said the plane spun all the way around and suddenly lost altitude just before vanishing from radar at 2.45 am Egypt time. He said it made a 90- degree left turn, then a 360- degree turn toward the right, plummeting from 38,000 to 15,000 feet. It disappeared at 10,000 feet, he said.

First Published: May 20, 2016 18:35 IST