May 20: The Egyptian Air Force says it has found debris from the EgyptAir Airbus A320 which disappeared from radar screens while en-route from Paris to Cairo in the early hours of Thursday morning. An official statement said that wreckage and personal belongings of passengers were found in the sea, 290km off the Egyptian coast, north of the city of Alexandria.
EgyptAir officials said 100 relatives of the missing passengers have gathered at a Cairo hotel.
EgyptAir flight MS804 had 66 people on board comprising 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security personnel. Amongst the passengers were 30 Egyptian nationals, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis and one from Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the UK.
Search teams are now trying to locate the airliner’s ‘black box’ flight recorders.