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VOA: Hollande Confirms Missing Egypt Air Flight Crashed

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An EgyptAir flight that disappeared en route to Cairo from Paris has crashed into the Mediterranean sea, but authorities have not determined if a mechanical failure or terrorist attack is to blame.

“We must ensure that we know everything on the causes of what happened. No hypothesis is ruled out or favored,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters in Paris, where he confirmed the plane, with 66 people on board, had crashed. He said the French government is in contact with Egyptian and Greek authorities to help in the search mission.

EgyptAir said it lost contact with the Airbus A320 plane at about 2:30 a.m., Cairo time, when the airliner was at an altitude of about 11,278 meters and just 16 kilometers inside Egyptian airspace.

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