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(Bloomberg) – Terrorism is a more probable cause of the EgyptAir crash than a mechanical fault, a senior Egyptian official said hours after the jetliner plunged into the eastern Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board.

“The possibility of terrorist attack is higher than technical failure, but it is still speculation and assumptions,” Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy said in a televised news conference in Cairo, where the plane had been due to land after completing its flight from Paris.

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