EgyptAir debris found in the Mediterranean

EgyptAir debris found in the Mediterranean

Parts of the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean last month have been found, according to Egyptian investigators.

A statement said “several main locations of the wreckage” had been identified. A deep sea search vessel had also sent back the first images of the wreckage, the civil aviation ministry in Cairo said.

There were 66 people on board flight MS804 when it crashed on 19 May while flying from Paris to Cairo. The Airbus A320 vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens, apparently without having sent a distress call.

Search teams said signals from one of the ‘black box’ flight recorders had been detected earlier this month. But signals emitted by the recorders are expected to expire by June 24.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery. A terror attack has not been ruled out but no extremist group has claimed to have downed of the aircraft.

Satellite data revealed that smoke detectors went off in the toilet and the aircraft’s electrics, minutes before the aircraft’s signal was lost.

The Airbus had been flying normally in perfect weather on an overnight service.

But radar images showed that three and a half hours after leaving Paris the aircraft swerved 90 degrees left, then 360 degrees to the right before dropping 30,000ft into the sea.


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