There are unconfirmed reports that the deadly Islamic group popularly known as ISIS could be behind the ill-fated EgyptianAir flight MS804 that crashed on Thursday.
In Raqqa, Syria, where a large number of the most wanted group in the world are based, celebrations of the plane crash were witnessed amidst cheers and delight according to reports.
The European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center earlier reported an Egyptian affiliate of ISIS claimed responsibility for bringing down the flight.
But according to Flightradar24, the Airbus A320 made stops in unstable countries Tunisia and Eritrea before flying to Cairo.
US officials are now exploring the idea that the plane was brought down by an explosive device.
Debris has as of Thursday evening has been found in the Mediterranean Sea and has been confirmed as that from the flight. The plane on a flight plan from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar 10 miles inside Egyptian air space at 1:30 a.m. UK time Thursday morning.
It had 56 passengers on board and 10 crew – including Brit Richard Osman.
EgyptAir most recently confirmed discovery of wreckage such as life vests and plastic, and has declared the event a crash. Thirty Egyptians, 15 French nationals, 2 Iraqis, and 19 others were on board.
Just before midday, a Greek defense minister said the plane was spotted “making sudden swerves” and quickly lost altitude shortly before it crashed. It was said to have made a 360 degree hard left turn before jerking suddenly to a 90 degree right angle. It then reportedly plunged 22,000 feet.