Egyptian navy finds debris from missing plane

May 20, 2016 2:00 pm

This picture, taken on May 19, 2016, shows an EgyptAir Airbus A330 from Cairo taxiing at the Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris after its landing a few hours after another EgyptAir flight crashed into the Mediterranean. (Photo by AFP)

The Egyptian army says it has found wreckage of the missing EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed after disappearing from the radar while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo.
Egyptian jets and naval vessels found “personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris” 180 miles (290 km) north of Alexandria, Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said on Friday. 
The military said it is searching the area for the black box of the Airbus 320 which lost contact at 2.45 a.m. local time Thursday morning.
The Egyptian presidency expressed its “deep sadness and extreme regret” over the deaths of those on board in the first official recognition of the tragic crash of the missing plane.
Passengers on board included 30 Egyptians, 15 French and one Briton, ’s Civil Ministry said.
Egyptian airport officials said three French and three British investigators and an Airbus technical expert have arrived in Cairo to join the investigation into what caused the crash.
The Egyptian military says that no distress call was received from the pilot.

An image grab taken from a handout video released by the Egyptian Defense Ministry on May 20, 2016 shows Egyptian military pilots taking part in a search mission over the Mediterranean Sea for the remains of an EgyptAir plane. (Via AFP)

‘Terror attack’ not ruled out
The country’s aviation minister Sherif Fathi has said the likelihood the plane was brought down by a terror attack is “higher than the possibility of a technical failure.”
France’s foreign minister and a top transport official have said there is still no sign of what brought down the flight.
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday on France-2 television there is “absolutely no indication” of the cause.
An Airbus A321 operated by Russia’s Metrojet crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on October 31, 2015, killing all 224 people on board.
Russia said the plane was downed as a result of a bomb explosion on board, which was smuggled there by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
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