Debris from Missing EgyptAir flight found off Egyptian Coast
Published on: May 20, 2016 10:00 (EAT)
Egypt says it has found debris from the downed EgyptAir flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea. Egyptian Army Brigadier General Mohammed Samirsaid issued a statement on Facebook Friday saying “personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris” were found floating in the water. In Athens, Greek officials said that a body part, seat and suit cases had been discovered by Egyptian authorities a short distance south of where the aircraft vanished from radar screens. Search teams continue scouring the Mediterranean Friday looking for wreckage of the EgyptAir jet carrying 66 people that disappeared from radar north of the Egyptian coast and crashed into the sea Thursday on a flight from Paris to Cairo. No cause of the crash has been determined. Three French investigators and a technical expert from the A320’s manufacturer, Airbus, arrived Friday in Cairo to aid in the investigation. US offers support U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered Egypt continued support for the search Friday. Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry the U.S. promised to stay in close contact as the investigation progressed. Kerry also offered condolences to Shoukry for the lives lost. Egypt, France, Greece and the U.S. are among nations deploying planes and naval vessels to search for the missing plane. France’s foreign minister on Friday rejected widespread comments that terrorism is to blame. “We’re looking at all possibilities, but none is being favored over the others because we have absolutely no indication on the causes (of the crash),” Jean-Marc Ayrault said on French television.