EgyptAir MS804 Crash Report Says Smoke Was Detected In Plane Before It Vanished

The plane is believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean.

21/05/2016 09:48 | Updated 21 May 2016

Smoke was detected in the toilet and electrics of EgyptAir flight MS804 minutes before it crashed, a report has claimed.

Spokesman for the French air accident investigation agency, Sebastien Barthe told the Associated Press that the plane's automatic detection system sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before it disappeared from radar.

He said the messages "generally mean the start of a fire."

He added: "We are drawing no conclusions from this. Everything else is pure conjecture."

Search crews are continuing to hunt for any signs of the missing plane in the Mediterranean Sea.

On Friday, Egyptian authorities say they had spotted debris, body parts, two seats and some suitcases in the search for flight MS804. 

Greece’s defence minister Panos Kammenos said the items were found slightly south of where the aircraft had vanished from radar signals on Thursday morning. 

He said the aircraft made abrupt turns and suddenly lost altitude before vanishing from radar.

The European Space Agency says one of its satellites has spotted a possible oil slick in the same area of the Mediterranean Sea where Flight 804 disappeared.

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An Egyptian military search vessel takes part in the search operation

It is not yet known what caused the crash but some experts and officials have not ruled out terrorism as a possibility.

The Airbus 320, which was carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo, disappeared from the radar at 2.45 am local time on Thursday morning.

No distress call was made by the pilots. 

The 56 passengers on board included one Briton, 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Belgian, one Iraqi, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi Arabian, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian.

There were 10 crew members including three security guards.


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