scorecardresearch

Egypt says it has found plane wreckage

CAIRO — Egypt on Wednesday said that it spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people on board, according to a statement by the country’s investigation committee.

The committee said that the vessel John Lethbridge, which was contracted by the Egyptian government to join the search for the plane debris and flight data recorders, ‘‘had identified several main locations of the wreckage.’’ It added that it obtained images of the wreckage between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast.

The next step, the committee said, will be drawing a map showing the location.

Advertisement



The vessel is equipped with sonar and other equipment capable of detecting wreckage at depths up to 6,000 feet.

The EgyptAir Airbus A320 en route to Cairo from Paris had been cruising normally in clear skies on an overnight flight on May 19. The radar showed that the doomed aircraft turned 90 degrees left, then a full 360 degrees to the right, plummeting from 38,000 feet to 15,000 feet before disappearing at about 10,000 feet.

Leaked flight data indicated a sensor detected smoke in a lavatory and a fault in two of the plane’s cockpit windows in the final moments of the flight.

The cause of the crash still has not been determined. Ships and planes from Egypt, Greece, France, the United States, and other nations have been searching the Mediterranean Sea for the voice and flight data recorders, as well as bodies and aircraft parts.

Since the crash, only small pieces of wreckage and human remains have been recovered.

Associated Press