Prior to any official announcement, Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to declare it was an act of terror that took down EgyptAir flight 804.
Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2016
Trump tweeted his philosophy on the matter before any official word from authorities was revealed.
French President Francois Hollande confirmed Thursday that an EgyptAir plane carrying 66 people crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete, and terrorism is being investigated as a possible cause.
EgyptAir Flight 804, which was traveling from Paris to Cairo, vanished from radar after making sharp turns at about 2.45 a.m. local time, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said.
Grim-faced families gathered at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and Cairo International Airport to await news of their loved ones.
Security at Charles de Gaulle is among the tightest in the world after the massacre that left 130 dead in the French capital in November, and the bombing at Brussels airport earlier this year.