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Egypt: Debris from missing EgyptAir flight MS804 found off Alexandria coast01:36

Egypt: Debris from missing EgyptAir flight MS804 found off Alexandria coast

Egypt, Alexandria
May 21, 2016 at 11:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first pieces of debris from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 were discovered off the coast from Alexandria, Friday.

The images, showing life jackets, clothes, and plane parts, were distributed by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence as Egyptian Navy and Air Forces continue to participate in a search operation for the missing plane in and around the Mediterranean Sea. French, Greek and US forces are also assisting with the operation.

"A body part, two seats and a suitcase or more have been recovered exactly within the area where search was taking place, but slightly southern from the spot when airplane's signal was lost," said Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos during a press conference on Friday.

As the investigation continues, a spokesman of France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis has confirmed that messages from the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACAR) indicate that there was smoke on board the flight before it went missing.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 was expected to arrive in Cairo at 03:15 (01:15 GMT) on Thursday after taking off from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 23:09 (21:09 GMT). The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, according to flight tracking services. The airline also said that the Airbus A320 lost contact at around 02:30 (00:30 GMT), 10 miles (16 km) inside Egyptian airspace and was last registered at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 metres). Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos said that the plane made several sharp turns while losing altitude before it disappeared at an Athens press conference earlier on Thursday.

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The first pieces of debris from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 were discovered off the coast from Alexandria, Friday.

The images, showing life jackets, clothes, and plane parts, were distributed by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence as Egyptian Navy and Air Forces continue to participate in a search operation for the missing plane in and around the Mediterranean Sea. French, Greek and US forces are also assisting with the operation.

"A body part, two seats and a suitcase or more have been recovered exactly within the area where search was taking place, but slightly southern from the spot when airplane's signal was lost," said Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos during a press conference on Friday.

As the investigation continues, a spokesman of France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis has confirmed that messages from the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACAR) indicate that there was smoke on board the flight before it went missing.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 was expected to arrive in Cairo at 03:15 (01:15 GMT) on Thursday after taking off from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 23:09 (21:09 GMT). The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, according to flight tracking services. The airline also said that the Airbus A320 lost contact at around 02:30 (00:30 GMT), 10 miles (16 km) inside Egyptian airspace and was last registered at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 metres). Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos said that the plane made several sharp turns while losing altitude before it disappeared at an Athens press conference earlier on Thursday.

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