Debris of EgyptAir plane found, search on for bodies

RSTV Bureau
BRUSSELS: This is a Jan 2015 image of  EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC in the air near Zaventem airport in Brussels.  Egyptian aviation officials said on Thursday May 19, 2016 that an EgyptAir flight MS804 with the registration SU-GCC, travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed. The officials say the search is now underway for the debris. AP/PTI

BRUSSELS: This is a Jan 2015 image of EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC in the air near Zaventem airport in Brussels. Egyptian aviation officials said on Thursday May 19, 2016 that an EgyptAir flight MS804 with the registration SU-GCC, travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed. The officials say the search is now underway for the debris. AP/PTI

The wreckage of EgyptAir Airbus A360 which crashed into the Mediterranean sea on Thursday, has been found. The crash killed all 66 people on board including the crew members.

The Egyptian military found the debris while scouring the Mediterranean Sea.

“Egyptian aircraft and navy vessels have found personal belongings of passengers and parts of the wreckage 290 kilometres north of Alexandria,” Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said on his Facebook page on Friday.

The military and navy searchers have intensified their search and are now looking for bodies and the blackbox of the flight MS804.

Soon after the wreckage was found, the Egyptian presidency expressed its “deep sadness and extreme regret” over the deaths of the people on board the jet, in the first official recognition of the tragic crash of the missing plane.

The plane was en route to Cairo from Paris when it “swerved and then plunged” into the Mediterranean. It was on its fifth journey for the day and was travelling at 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar.

Authorities in both Paris and Cairo have opened up investigations as to why the plane crashed.

They even hinted at a terror angle.

“…If you analyse this situation properly, the possibility of having a different action aboard, of having a terror attack, is higher than having a technical problem,” Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said.

Investigators now need to unravel the mystery why the plane swerved suddenly and plummeted into the sea. French and Airbus investigators prepared to meet their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo to lay the groundwork for their probe.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told French television there was “absolutely no indication” of why the flight came down.

The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members. The passengers included 15 French nationals among others.

In October last year, the Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for bombing a Russian airliner flying home holidaymakers from the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board.

(With inputs from agencies)