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Egyptian govt confirms wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804 found in Mediterranean Sea

News Agencies | Updated on: 16 June 2016, 17:13 IST

The Egyptian Government on 16 June said it had found the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight MS804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

Stating that the wreckage's images were provided to an Egyptian investigative committee, the Civil Aviation Ministry yesterday said that the wreckage was found in several places, reports CNN.

The Civil Aviation Ministry, however, did not specify the size or the location of the parts that found.

On 19 May, the Airbus A320 with 66 people aboard crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on a flight from Paris to Cairo. The passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Canadians, two Iraqis and one each from Belgium, Britain, Algeria, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Portugal.

Egypt's Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi then said at a news conference that he did not want to draw any conclusions prematurely, but "the possibility of having a different action or a terror attack is higher than the possibility of having a technical failure".

Since the crash, authorities have been searching for the wreckage and the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders, which could reveal what caused the crash.

A Civil Aviation Ministry official has said that once the black boxes are found, they will be brought to Egypt.

--ANI

First published: 16 June 2016, 17:13 IST
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