EgyptAir flight 804 crash: human remains, belongings, debris found

More human remains, plane parts, and personal belongings from EgyptAir flight 804 have been found.

The Airbus A320 left from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt and was reported to have vanished when it disappeared from radar on Thursday. There were 66 people on board.

On Friday, Egyptian authorities said that they have found human remains and passengers’ belongings floating in the Mediterranean sea, indicating that the plane did plunge into the sea.

“The Egyptian navy was able to retrieve more debris from the plane, some of the passengers’ belongings, human remains, and plane seats,” said the Civil Aviation Ministry in a statement.

Athanassios Binis, the head of Greece’s Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board, said that mechanical failure was not a likely cause of the crash. “Judging by the data we have now, it is difficult to see how the crash would be caused by a mechanical fault,” he explained. “Even if the plane had lost both engines, it would still glide farther” than the radar data seemed to indicate.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told reporters that it is still to early to rule out any cause for the crash.

“We’re looking at all possibilities, but none is being favoured over the others because we have absolutely no indication on the causes (of the crash),” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in an interview.

Egyptian authorities are being assisted by Britain, Cyprus, Greece, France, and Italy in the ongoing searches.