These images claim to show debris from the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board in what experts claim was almost certainly a terrorist attack.
The pictures emerged as search vessels reported seeing plastics object and lifejackets floating in the sea around 230 miles south of the Greek islands of Crete and Karpathos.
Flight MS804 was travelling from Paris to Cairo when it vanished from radar ten miles into Egyptian airspace at 00.30am GMT without making a distress call.
Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus A320 made ‘sudden swerves’ in mid-air, lurching 90 degrees to the left then 360 degrees to the right. It then dropped from 37,000 feet to 15,000ft before the signal was lost at around 10,000 feet.
The revelation came as security experts, ministers and former air accident investigators said all the evidence currently pointed to the plane being targeted in a terrorist attack.
If confirmed, the disaster would deal another hammer blow to Egypt’s crippled tourism industry just months after a Russian Metrojet plane was brought down in the Sinai peninsula by a bomb planted at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
The 56 passengers on board included one Briton, 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Belgian, one Iraqi, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi Arabian, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian. There were 10 crew members including three security guards.
The images of the debris were posted on pprune, an internet forum for professional pilots, by a user who said he was sent them by the captain of the Egyptian container vessel, Maersk Ahram.
A Greek frigate also reported spotting two large plastic objects floating in the sea 230 miles south of the island of Crete. But these claims are yet to be verified.
They appeared to be pieces of plastic in white and red and spotted close to an area where an emergency transponder signal had been emitted.
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi also said the possibility of a terror attack was a ‘stronger’ possibility than technical failure.
The head of Russia’s top domestic security agency, Alexander Bortnikov, also claimed it was ‘in all likelihood it was a terror attack’.