EgyptAir has corrected its earlier assessment of debris found in the Mediterranean Sea, telling CNN that it is not from the crash of the Airbus A320.
"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," airline Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel said.
Earlier he said searchers had found the plane's wreckage. He did not elaborate, but said at the time the operation was turning from a rescue mission into a search and recovery mission.
In another development Egypt's civil aviation minister said a technical failure and terror were possible explanations. But the minister, Sherif Fathi, also said the possibility of a terror attack was stronger than technical failure.
A US official told dpa that at this early stage there was no evidence suggesting there was an explosion, but it was too early to rule anything out.