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Luggage and a body part found after EgyptAir crash

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Luggage and a body part found after EgyptAir crash
A mechanic stands near a C-130 plane of the Hellenic Air Force on stand by for the searching operation of the missing EgyptAir plane. Photo: AFP
11:08 CEST+02:00
Egypt's military said its search teams found wreckage including a body part on Friday from the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.

A body part, seats and one or more items of luggage were found Friday by crews searching for the wreckage of an EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed on Thursday, Greece's defence minister said.

"A few hours earlier we were informed (by Egyptian authorities) that a body part, two seats and one or more items of luggage were found in the search area" off the coast of Alexandria, Panos Kammenos told a news conference.

"Egyptian aircraft and navy vessels have found personal belongings of passengers and parts of the wreckage 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Alexandria," said a spokesman for the Egyptian army earlier on his Facebook page.

The flight crashed in the very early hours of Thursday morning, with 66 passengers on board. Fifteen of them were French.

The airline confirmed the find on its Twitter page, and sent its condolences to the victims' families.
Egypt's aviation minister said that while it was too soon to say why the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo had vanished from radar screens, a "terrorist" attack would be a more likely scenario than a technical failure.
The tragedy raised fears of a repeat of the bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State (Isis) jihadist group over Egypt last October that killed all 224 people on board.

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