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US Navy sends surveillance plane in EgyptAir search

The US Navy has deployed a long-range P-3 Orion surveillance plane to help search for the wreckage of the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday, officials say.

“US Commander Sixth Fleet is working with the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Greece and the US Defense Attache in Athens, Greece to provide US Navy P-3 Orion support in the search of the missing Egyptian aircraft,” the Navy says in a statement.

The surveillance plane had been sent from Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily.

Separately, the White House says President Barack Obama is being updated by counter-terrorism staff on investigations into what happened to the Airbus A320 that crashed between Paris and Cairo.

“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,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz says.

AFP

EgyptAir planes are seen on the tarmac at Cairo international airport on May 19, 2016 after an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on with 66 people on board, prompting an investigation into whether it was mechanical failure or a bomb. (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
EgyptAir planes are seen on the tarmac at Cairo international airport on May 19, 2016, after an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, prompting an investigation into whether it was mechanical failure or a bomb. (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)

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