Egyptian army: Plane debris found in Mediterranean Sea

66 people aboard the plane are believed to be dead

An Egyptair flight crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
AP photo

CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian airport officials say that investigators will inspect the plane debris and personal belongings that the Egyptian army says it found in the Meditarranean Sea, 180 miles north of the city of Alexandria.

The officials said Friday that the chief Egyptian investigator Ayman el-Mokadam will be joined by French and British investigators as well as an expert from Airbus.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Authorities are scouring a wide area south of the Greek island of Crete on Friday to search for wreckage, over 24 hours after the Airbus 320 lost contact.

The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos says that the plane swerved wildly before plummeting into the sea.

The Egyptian military says that no distress call was received from the pilot. The country’s aviation minister Sherif Fathi says the likelihood the plane was brought down by a terror attack is “higher than the possibility of a technical failure.”

The distressed relatives of those on board have spent the night in a hotel in Cairo while they await news.

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