There were believed to be 56 passengers, seven crew and three security staff on board
The Egypt Air plane which was travelling from Paris to Cairo has crashed. Here are the latest updates:
A spokesperson at the airline’s head office in Cairo tells that 'wreckage' found this morning is separate from previously recovered debris that was found to be unrelated.
“The statement yesterday was incorrect – there was a misunderstanding – but today in the morning they found the wreckage around 295km away from the coast at Alexandria,” she added.
“The information has just been confirmed.”
The spokesperson described the new find as “wreckage” but could give no further details.
Medical charity the Egyptian Red Crescent says it is supporting relatives of the passengers.
A team of 11 counsellors are at Cairo Airport, where a crisis centre has been set up for families.
Professor Moamena Kamel, Secretary General of Egyptian Red Crescent Society said:
All of us have been shocked by this tragic news, but for the Red Crescent, our immediate focus is on providing much needed support to the families and others who have been emotionally affected. Our teams will continue to provide psychosocial support in the days to come.”
The vice president of Egypt Air, Ahmed Adel, has confirmed the airline's statement claiming wreckage had been found was incorrect.
We stand corrected on finding the wreckage because what we identified is not a part of our plane. So the search and rescue is still going on."
Despite widespread speculation that the plane's disappearance is terror-related, there has been no claim of responsibility.
There have been comparisons to the Metrojet crash on 31 October, which killed all 224 people on board. Isis' Egyptian affiliate, Wilayat Sinai, claimed responsibility for the disaster within hours of the plane going down in the Sinai Peninsula.
Supporters uploaded footage claiming to show the aircraft falling, while Isis released a propaganda statement celebrating the deaths of "Russian crusaders". The group later said it had planted a bomb on board.
Take a look at the footage of the search of the flight debris in the Mediterranean Sea here.
SOURCE: courtesy from INDEPENDENT UK