Several scenarios could explain the mysterious crash of the EgyptAir flight into the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, but experts say a terror attack is a distinct possibility.

 

Both France and Egypt have been leading targets for Islamist extremists in recent months.

 

Egypt’s aviation minister said he could not rule out that either an attack or a technical failure had brought down the EgyptAir plane on Thursday.

 

“It is too early,” Sherif Fathy told a news conference.

 

However, experts say the chances that a mechanical fault lay behind the crash are slim.

 

 

 

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