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Debris found from crashed EgyptAir flight: Aviation ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Jun 2016
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In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 video image released by the Egyptian Defense Ministry, an Egyptian ship searches in the Mediterranean Sea for the missing EgyptAir flight 804 plane (AP)
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Egypt's aviation ministry said on Wednesday it had indentified debris from the EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people aboard.

A committee investigating the crash said in a statement that a ship contracted by the Egyptian government to take part in the search for the twin black box recorders and the wreckage of Flight MS804 had “identified several main locations of the wreckage.”

Images of the wreckage were provided to the investigation committee, the ministry added in the statement.

"The search team and investigators on board the vessel will draw a map for the wreckage distribution spots," the statement read.

The Airbus 320 jet dropped off radar screens on 19 May while en route from Paris to Cairo.

Egyptian investigators said Monday that less than two weeks remain before the batteries of the flight's data and cockpit voice recorders run out and stop emitting signals.

The black boxes could help investigators form a clear picture of what caused the crash; whether a technical failure or foul play.

There have been several instances where the recorders from crashed planes were found after their batteries had expired.

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