Crews in search for clues to EgyptAir crash

Smoke seen on board, de­bris found

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Smoke was de­tected in mul­ti­ple places on EgyptAir flight 804 mo­ments be­fore it plum­meted into the Mediter­ranean, but the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board re­mains un­clear, the French air ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency has said.

Agency spokesman Se­bastien Barthe told The As­so­ci­ated Press in Paris yes­ter­day that the plane’s au­to­matic de­tec­tion system sent mes­sages in­di­cat­ing smoke a few min­utes be­fore the plane dis­ap­peared from radar while fly­ing over the east Mediter­ranean early on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The mes­sages, he ex­plained, “gen­er­ally mean the start of a fire,” but he added: “We are draw­ing no con­clu­sions from this. Ev­ery­thing else is pure con­jec­ture.”

Look­ing for clues as to whether ter­ror­ists may have brought down the Air­bus A320, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been pour­ing over the pas­sen­ger list and ques­tioned ground crew mem­bers at Charles de Gaulle Air­port in Paris, from which the plane took off. The air­craft had been cruis­ing nor­mally in clear skies on a night­time flight to Cairo when it sud­denly lurched left, then right, spun all the way around and plum­meted 11,582 me­tres into the sea, never is­su­ing a dis­tress sig­nal.

Search crews are scour­ing for fur­ther wreck­age of the air­craft. Ex­perts said an­swers will come only with an ex­am­i­na­tion of the wreck­age and the plane’s cock­pit voice and flight data recorders, com­monly known as black boxes.

Planes and ves­sels from Egypt and five other coun­tries - Greece, Bri­tain, France, the United States and Cyprus - con­tin­ued search­ing a wide area of the east­ern Mediter­ranean yes­ter­day, a day af­ter the Egyp­tian mil­i­tary found de­bris from the pas- sen­ger jet in the sea 290km north of the Egyp­tian port city of Alexan­dria.

On Satur­day, the Egyp­tian mil­i­tary re­leased pho­tographs of the de­bris from EgyptAir flight 804.

Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties said they be­lieve ter­ror­ism is a more likely ex­pla­na­tion than equip- ment fail­ure, and some avi­a­tion ex­perts have said the er­ratic flight sug­gests a bomb blast or a strug­gle in the cock­pit. But so far no hard ev­i­dence has emerged.

No mil­i­tant group has claimed to have brought down the air­craft. Three Euro­pean se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said on Fri­day that the pas­sen­ger man­i­fest for flight 804 con­tained no names on ter­ror­ism watch lists.

We are draw­ing no con­clu­sions from this. Ev­ery­thing else is con­jec­ture – French air ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency spokesman Se­bastien Barthe

DE­BRIS: Parts of the wreck­age of EgyptAir flight 804 found by search crews

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