Egypt’s navy has found debris and passenger belongings from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 that crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board.
An EgyptAir plane thestar
All passengers are feared dead.
Wreckage was found about 290km north of the Egyptian city on May 20, the Egyptian military was quoted as saying.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed his condolences on Friday to the families of victims.
“The presidency with utmost sadness and regret mourns the victims on aboard the EgyptAir flight who were killed after the plane crashed in the Mediterranean on its way back to Cairo from Paris,” Sisi’s office said in a statement.
The unfortunate crash has raised the fears of a repeat of the bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) over Egypt last October that killed 224 people.
Relatives of missing EgyptAir flight MS804 wait outside the EgyptAir in-flight service building straitstimes
The plane was lost from radar at 2:30am local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, south of the Greek Kassos and Karpathos islands, and just after entering Egyptian airspace.
Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the plane swerved 90 degrees to the left and then spun through 360 degrees to the right before disappearing from radar.
Photos claiming to show debris from a crashed EgyptAir plane were posted on Facebook by Tarek Wahba, who was captaining a ship involved in the search for wreckage on May 19 theguardian
The plane was an Airbus 320. The captain had 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on the A320 while the copilot had 2,766. The 56 passengers on the plane included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one passenger each from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Portugal, Algeria, Canada and Kuwait.
A relative of a passenger on the EgyptAir flight smh
French President François Hollande said that “no theory has been ruled out” as to what caused the crash, including an accident or terrorism.