On Saturday, Egyptian authorities released the first images of debris
recovered from EgyptAir Flight 804
, which mysteriously disappeared Thursday, while en route to Cairo from Paris, before
into the Mediterranean Sea somewhere between Greece and Egypt.
The images, posted to the Facebook page of the chief military spokesman, show pieces of foam, personal affects and clothing (including a purse and a shoe) and a life vest, unwrapped and undamaged.
(The life vest’s discovery in that way has raised speculation that passengers were prepped for landing in the water,
according to CNN
Egyptian Armed Forces via AP
Audio from the flight, which was carrying
56 passengers and 10 crew members
, has also been released, according to CNN. A short clip obtained by the network shows an apparently routine conversation between the pilot and air traffic control out of Zurick, Switzerland. The audio is not the final broadcast from the plane before it disappeared, according to CNN.
While Egyptian authorities have previously said an act of terrorism is more probable than a technical failure as the cause of the crash, there has not yet been a conclusive explanation as authorities work to discover and gather evidence.
Investigators have not found anything that would implicate the flight’s crew or security, an Egyptian official told CNN, and officials told the network no passengers on the manifest have hit on any terror watch lists. No terror groups have come forward to claim responsibility.
French officials did tell
the Associated Press
Saturday that smoke had been detected in multiple places in the plane, just before it plunged from the sky. The automatic detection messages the plane’s system sent “generally mean the start of a fire,” air accident investigation agency spokesman Sebastien Barthebut said.
But: “We are drawing no conclusions from this. Everything else is pure conjecture,” he said.
already recovered at least one body part
, two seats and suitcases from the plane, found about 180 miles north of Alexandria, Egypt.
The search area has now narrowed to a radius of 40 miles, according to CNN. No bulk wreckage has been found.