Search continues for wreckage of EgyptAir jet

UPDATE @ 7.00AM – EgyptAir has retracted its claim to have found debris belonging to flight MS804.

UPDATE @ 5.49AM: Greek authorities have now cast doubt on whether debris found in waters off Greece is actually from missing flight MS804.

Egyptian officials said this morning they believed the material was from the Egypt Air plane, however Greek sources say none of it is blue and white, the airlines colours.

EARLIER @ 4.21AM: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has confirmed overnight that the wreckage of the EgyptAir flight, which disappeared on a journey from Paris to Cairo, has been found off Greece near the island of Karpathos.

The EgyptAir jet, which was carrying 66 passengers and crew when disappeared from radar.

The Egyptian civil aviation ministry Greek rescue workers found life vests and bits of plastic floating in the Mediterranean hours after the plane disappeared.

“All I will say is that our embassy in Athens told us that it was contacted by Greek authorities, who signalled that they found white and blue debris corresponding to EgyptAir’s colours,” Egyptian ambassador to France Ehab Badawy told France’s BFM television.

If confirmed as material from the plane, the discovery could help provide clues to its fate.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation for the crash.

The country’s aviation minister said a terrorist attack was more likely than a technical failure.

Egypt said it would lead the investigation and France would participate.

Paris said three investigators would arrive in Egypt on Thursday evening.

There was no official indication of a possible cause, whether technical failure, human error or sabotage.