EgyptAir flight 804 travelling from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar with 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, this morning.
French President Francois Hollande said in a televised address that the plane had crashed early on Thursday.
The plane made “sudden swerves” mid-air and plunged before dropping off radars in the southern Mediterranean, Greece’s defence minister said.
“At 3.39am the course of the aircraft was south and south-east of Kassos and Karpathos (islands) … immediately after it entered Cairo FIR and made swerves and a descent I describe; 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right,” Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told a news conference.
Greek authorities had mounted a search in the area south of the island of Karpathos without result so far, he said.