Egyptian authorities said they found wreckage and belongings from the missing EgyptAir plane that vanished en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board.
Egyptian military aircraft and naval ships Friday morning found personal items and parts of the plane about 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Alexandria, the country’s military spokesman said on an official Facebook page. The search, which has been ongoing since the plane disappeared early Thursday morning over the Mediterranean Sea, is continuing.
Salvage teams from Greece and Egypt have been joined by French investigators in the search for debris as authorities seek to piece together what happened to the Airbus A320 plane. The flight lost contact in the middle of the night in the wider area of the Strabo trench in the so-called Hellenic Arc in the sea south of Greece, where waters are as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) deep.
Authorities aren’t ruling out any possible cause for the disappearance, including a deliberate act or malfunction, though Egyptian Minister of Aviation Sherif Fathy said the possibility of a terrorist attack is higher than a technical failure. The Airbus jet made sudden movements before swooping into a deep descent before air-traffic control lost contact. Pilots sent no emergency signal, and their final contact with controllers revealed no signs of distress.
The Egyptian presidency expressed its “deepest sorrow” and offered its condolences to the families of the victims. EgyptAir said it would take all necessary measures following discovery of the debris.