Search teams find debris, body parts from crashed Egyptian plane

Published on : Friday, May 20, 2016

plane crashSearch teams for the missing EgyptAir plane have found debris and body parts in the Mediterranean Sea, Greek and Egyptian officials said.

Items including seats and luggage have also been retrieved by Egyptian search crews. The debris was discovered about 290km (180 miles) north of Alexandria, the Egyptian military said.

EgyptAir flight MS804 was en route to Cairo from Paris with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished early Thursday.

Although European Space Agency satellites spotted an oil slick in the area where the flight had vanished, the organisation said there was no guarantee that it was from the missing plane.

The search is now focused on finding the plane’s flight recorders, media reports said.

Greek, Egyptian, French and UK military units have been taking part in a search operation near Greece’s Karpathos island.

Greece said radar showed the Airbus A320 had made two sharp turns and dropped more than 25,000ft (7,620m) before plunging into the sea.

Egypt says the plane was more likely to have been brought down by a terrorist act than a technical fault.

However, there has been “absolutely no indication” so far as to why the plane came down, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday morning.

Three investigators from the French air accident investigation bureau, along with a technical adviser from Airbus, have joined the Egyptian inquiry.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has expressed his “utmost sadness and regret” at the crash.

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