EgyptAir crash: Wreckage found in Mediterranean

Search plane crew member uses binoculars to look through window of US patrol aircraft searching for missing EgyptAir flight. Sunday, May 22, 2016Image copyright

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An air and sea search has scoured the area of the Mediterranean where the plane went missing

Wreckage of the EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean last month has been found, Egyptian investigators say.

A statement said “several main locations of the wreckage” had been identified.

There were 66 people on board the Airbus A320 when it crashed on 19 May while flying from Paris to Cairo.

It vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens, apparently without having sent a distress call.

The Egyptian investigation committee said that investigators on board a search vessel in the area would now draw up a map of the wreckage distribution spots.

It said the ship, the John Lethbridge, had sent the first images of the wreckage to investigators.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery.

What do we know so far?

  • EgyptAir Flight MS804 vanished over the eastern Mediterranean early on Thursday 19 May with 66 passengers and crew on board
  • Some surface debris was found 290km (180 miles) north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria
  • Signals from the plane indicated that smoke was detected in the toilet and in the avionics area below the cockpit
  • Search area is one of deepest in the Mediterranean – more than 3,000 metres (10,000ft) in some parts

Who were the victims?

Earlier this month, search teams said signals from one of the “black box” flight recorders had been detected.

A terror attack has not been ruled out but no extremist group has claimed the downing of the plane.

Analysts say human or technical error is also a possibility. Flight data revealed that smoke detectors went off in the toilet and the aircraft’s electrics, minutes before the plane’s signal was lost.

According to Greek investigators, the plane turned 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right, dropping from 11,300 metres (37,000ft) to 4,600 metres (15,000ft) and then 3,000 metres (10,000ft)before it was lost from radar.

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