Debris from the crashed EgyptAir flight 804 found floating in the Mediterranean Sea includes seat backs, life jackets, a baby’s blanket and a woman’s purse, new photos showed.
The first photographs of the plane’s wreckage emerged Saturday as investigators continue to work to determine what caused the jet to plunge into the sea on its way to Cairo from Paris, killing all 66 people on board. An official cause has not been determined, but Egyptian and U.S. officials have suggested that terrorism is a likely explanation.
The first photographs of the wreckage from crashed EgyptAir flight 804 emerged Saturday.
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They images, released by the Egyptian military, appear to show the heavily-damaged remains of plane seats, life jackets — one of which is seemingly undamaged — and a scrap of cloth that looks to be part of a baby’s blanket or sleeping bag.
They army also released a brief video that showed more debris, including scraps of blue carpet, seat belts, a shoe and what looked like a woman’s white handbag.
The Egyptian military announced Friday that it had found debris in the eastern Mediterranean, around 180 miles north of Alexandria. Search crews are still scouring the waters for more debris — including the jet’s two black boxes.
The Airbus 320 had taken off from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport late Wednesday and had just entered Egyptian airspace when it vanished from radar early Thursday. It was carrying 56 passengers — mostly French and Egyptian nationals — seven crew members and three air security personnel.
British Navy officer looking out the window of an Roayl Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assisting in the search and rescue operations for missing EgyptAir flight MS804.
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Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash, but data transmission show that smoke filled the cabin moments before the jet went down.
The Imam of al Thawrah Mosque, Samir Abdel Bary, embraces Tarek Abu Laban (c.) following prayers for the dead in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.
Experts say there’s no way to know whether the smoke warnings were triggered by an explosion, mechanical failure or an electrical malfunction.
No terror group has claimed responsibility for the crash, and the pilot — a veteran aviator with thousands of hours of flying time under his belt — gave no indication of any problems in his last communication, officials said.
Looking for clues to whether terrorists may have brought down the Airbus A320, investigators have been poring over the passenger list and questioned ground crew members at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, from which the plane took off.
French aviation investigators have begun to check and question all baggage handlers, maintenance workers, gate agents and other ground crew members who had a direct link to the plane before it took off.
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