The Egyptian army says it has found wreckage of the missing EgyptAir flight which crashed after disappearing from the radar while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo.
The Egyptian army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir, says Egyptian jets and naval vessels participating in the search for the missing plane have found ‘personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris,’ 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of the city of Alexandria.
Egyptian authorities say they have found a body part, two seats and suitcases in the search for the missing EgyptAir plane, according to Greek officials.
The Airbus 320 lost contact at 2.45 a.m. local time Thursday morning.
The missing flight set off from Paris to Cairo on Wednesday night and vanished just under three-and-a-half hours after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The downed plane was, ‘in all likelihood it was a terror attack.’ according to Alexander Bortnikov, chief of Russia’s top domestic security agency.
While Egyptian civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi said the possibility it was a terror attack ‘is higher than the possibility of having a technical failure’.
The cause of the plane going down is yet to be officially confirmed by authorities.
Flight MS804 was carrying 66 people including passengers pilots and crew.
EgyptAir confirmed the passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one each from Britain, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria, Canada, Belgium, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The Briton on board has been named as father-of-two Richard Osman, originally from Carmarthen, in Wales.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed his condolences on Friday to the families of victims who were on board the EgyptAir flight from Paris.
He said: ‘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’, in a statement.
The Egyptian presidency expressed its ‘deep sadness and extreme regret’ over the deaths of the passengers and crew, in a statement which is their first official recognition of the crash of the missing plane.