Plane wreckage found


Body part, plane seat, passengers’ belongings found in sea

Debris from the missing EgyptAir flight has been found floating in the Mediterranean, Egyptian officials say.

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

Egypt’s army spokesman said wreckage and passenger belongings had been found 290km (180 miles) from Alexandria.

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said a body part, two seats and at least one suitcase had been found.

The items were found slightly to the south of the area where the plane disappeared from radars on Thursday, Mr Kammenos said.

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

The search is now focused on finding the plane’s flight recorders, the Associated Press news agency reports.

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


Here’s what is known so far:

— Passenger belongings and aircraft parts were found 180 miles north of Alexandria, military says.
— Plane swerved sharply then plunged from 37,000 feet to 10,000 feet after entering Cairo airspace, Greek officials say.
— Cause of crash is more likely terrorism than technical fault, Egyptian and U.S. officials believe.
— Airbus A320 made stops in Eritrea and Tunisia prior to taking off from Paris.
(Excerpts from BBC and CNN)


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