EgyptAir Flight 804, carrying 66 people and crew, disappeared from radar on the morning of May 19 over the Mediterranean Sea. A terrorist attack is suspected, but not yet confirmed. Only hours after the crash, Fox News and Fox Business host Stuart Varney said the tragedy was likely a "plus" for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (video below).
The flight was from Paris to Cairo, prompting "Fox and Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt to remark about how the French government "can't afford for things like this to happen," notes Media Matters for America.
It destabilizes the whole security position in Europe. This plane took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. I don't know where it was before then, I think it was in Brussels before then and Casablanca. But the whole idea of the secure European airport is thrown into doubt by incidents of this kind. I also think that this may be good politically for Donald Trump.
When Earhardt asked why, Varney stated: "He's already tweeted out saying this is probably terrorism, I believe that's the nature of his tweet. He's the guy who's saying, hands off, keep Muslims out, temporarily, [while] we figure out who comes in. An incident of this type is surely a plus for Donald Trump."
Trump tweeted May 19: "Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!"
The flight was not an American plane or a flight leaving from the U.S. The U.S. government has no legal authority over France or Egypt.
EgyptAir Vice Chairman Ahmed Adel told CNN host Christiane Amanpour May 19 that wreckage from the flight was found by searchers approximately 150 nautical miles north of Egypt's coast. Adel added that the search and rescue mission was now search and recovery.
According to Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi, it is possible the crash was either a technical problem or a terrorist attack, "But if you analyze this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem."