Thursday, May 19, 2016

EgyptAir Plane Debris Found Near Greek Island of Crete

Possible debris from the missing EgyptAir plane has been found off a Greek island, according to the Greek Army.  Signs of the possible wreckage were found Thursday off the Greek island of Crete during the search for the EgyptAir flight that went missing above the Mediterranean, according to a Greek military spokesman.  

​"There have been finds southeast of Crete, inside the Cairo flight information area," general staff spokesman Vassilis Beletsiotis said, adding that an Egyptian C-130 plane had spotted floating objects, and ships would be sent to investigate.

French Navy's spokesman Didier Piatton said that submarines may be deployed in search for the plane's black box.

Earlier, information agencies and TV networks reported that the plane's debris was found south of the Greek island of Karpathos, close to the spot where a transponder signal was emitted earlier.

​EgyptAir Flight MS804 departed from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 23:09 GMT. The aircraft was heading for Cairo International Airport. According to the airline, there were a total of 66 people on board the plane, including 56 passengers.

A clear statement on the reasons for the disappearance of the EgyptAir passenger jet over the Mediterranean Sea earlier on Thursday is not expected for several days, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister added.

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