EgyptAir crash: body parts and luggage retrieved

EgyptAir crash: body parts and luggage retrieved

Luggage, seats and human remains in the Mediterranean Sea. These are all that is left of EgyptAir flight MS804 after it disappeared from radar.

Today, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry issued a statement: "The Egyptian navy was able to retrieve more debris from the plane, some of the passenger's belongings, human remains, and plane seats."

The debris was discovered 290km (180 miles) away from the Egyptian city of Alexandria. The search for the plane's black boxes continues.

EgyptAir crash: body parts and luggage retrieved

The wreckage has been retrieved and will be scrutinized by French, British and Egyptian investigators, accompanied by an expert from Airbus.

An Egyptian paper quoted the country's civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi's message to the victims' relatives; he announced that the crash has "no survivors".

The flight left Paris at Wednesday, 10:09pm BST, but vanised at 1:30am BST. EgyptAir tweeted that radar contact with the plane was lost and unrecoverable around 295 km from the Egyptian coastline.

It was in Egyptian airspace, flying at 37,000ft, when it made sudden swerves and plummeted to 15,000ft Military search and rescue teams have spotted an automated distress signal from the plane's emergency beacon around 3:26am BSt - 80 minutes after it was scheduled to land in Cairo.

They believe the beacon may have been triggered upon impact. Egyptian authorities have revealed that no distress signal was sent by the plane's crew.

The European Space Agency revealed that one of its satellites sighted a possible oil slick in the same area, but there is no conclusive evidence it came from the plane.

Jean-MArc Ayrault, France's foreign minister, announced to media on Friday that there was "absolutely no indication" as to what brought down the flight, even with Egypt claiming terrorism was the most likely cause. European security officials have remarked that the passenger list for the flight did not show anyone on a current terror watch list.

EgyptAir's deputy chairman has clarified that maintenance checks were performed on the Airbus before it flew, and "no problems have been reported".

The captain of flight MS804 has been identified as Mohamed Said Shoukair, with co-pilot Mohamed Mamdouh Assem. The three air stewards were Yara Hany Tawfik, Samar Exx Eldon and Mervat Zakaria.

The Egyptian military, with boats and planes from Greece, France, Cyprus, and Italy, are also supporting the search. The UK has sent RFA Lyme Bay - a Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock - and a C130 Hercules aircraft from RAF Akrotiri to aid in the search as well.

The search will center on finding the plane's black boxes, which will release a small signal for a few weeks after a plane crashes.

EgyptAir crash: body parts and luggage retrieved

MS804's captain (R) Mohamed Said Shoukair with televangelist Amr Khaled

EgyptAir crash: body parts and luggage retrieved

A photo of Co-pilot Mohamed Mamdouh Assem from his Facebook page.

EgyptAir crash: body parts and luggage retrieved

Flight attendant Samar Ezz Eldin.

 

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