15/06/2016 21:34 BST | Updated 15/06/2016 22:16 BST

EgyptAir MS804: Wreckage Discovered In Mediterranean After Plane's Fatal Crash

Authorities have confirmed the debris is genuine.


Wreckage of the EgyptAir flight MS804 that went missing last month has been discovered in the Mediterranean, investigators have revealed.

A statement from the Egyptian authorities confirmed "several main locations of the wreckage" had been identified.

The plane disappeared from radar en route to Cairo from Paris on May 19. 

So far only small pieces of debris and human remains have been found.

Only small numbers of human remains and debris have been found so far

A committee of investigators announced late on Wednesday that the wreckage was found by a vessel contracted by the Egyptian government.

It was searching for the data recorders and debris from the doomed A320.

Egypt said it "had identified several main locations of the wreckage, accordingly the first images of the wreckage were provided to the investigation committee."

Based on the wreckage locations, the search team and investigators onboard of the vessel will draw a map for the wreckage distribution spots, officials added.

No terrorist group has claimed responsibility, though Egypt’s civil aviation minister, Sherif Fathi, has insisted terrorism is a more likely cause than equipment failure or some other catastrophic event.