Can a plane vanish into thin air? Terror now being eyed as reason for EgyptAir disappearance AP
This is a April 2014 image of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Turkey. Egyptian aviation officials said on Thursday May 19, 2016 that an EgyptAir flight MS804 with the registration SU-GCC, travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed. The officials say the search is now underway for the debris. (AP Photo/ Ahmet Akin Diler)

EgyptAir Flight MS804 flying from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar at 2:45 a.m. Cairo time, with new information seemingly confirming that the plane crashed.

The airline has continued to rapidly release statements assuring that they are investigating the cause of the downing of the plane, which had 66 people on board.

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Russian security official Alexander Bortnikov has said that “in all likelihood it was a terror attack” that caused EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo to crash into the Mediterranean. Egypt’s aviation minister has echoed those same sentiments, while the airline itself has called for patience as they investigate the matter.

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As the incident was unfolding, the White House said that President Obama was briefed on the incident.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz released a statement to the press on the incident, saying “Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco has briefed the President on EgyptAir Flight MS 804. The President asked to be updated throughout the day as the situation warrants, and directed Administration officials to reach out to their international counterparts to offer support and assistance.”

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter early on Thursday to weigh in, saying that terror was to blame for the incident.

No Americans were reported to be on the flight.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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