Parts of downed EgyptAir flight wash up on Israel coast

Aircraft wreckage washed up on the beach near the central town of Netanya,Israel, on Thursday and authorities believe there is a high likelihood they are parts of the EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19. The parts were found by beach goers who notified the local police.

Israel notified Egyptian and French authorities, which are investigating the disappearance of Paris-Cairo flight MS804. Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed the relevant authorities to communicate with Egypt in order to hand over the wreckage to investigators, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.

If the debris found Thursday proves to be that from the doomed Egyptian plane, it would mean that the currents had carried the fragments a distance of about 540 kilometers (340 miles) from the suspected crash site, all the way to Netanya.

The Airbus A320 plunged into the sea on May 19 while heading to Cairo from Paris, killing all 66 people on board. The plane was carrying 40 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, two Canadians and one passenger each from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. A terror attack has not been ruled out.

Egyptian investigators say pilots tried to extinguish a fire in the plane, according to data recovered from a cockpit voice recorder.

Radar data showed the aircraft had been cruising normally in clear skies before it turned 90 degrees left, then a full 360 degrees to the right as it plummeted from 38,000 feet (11,582 meters) to 15,000 feet (4,572 meters). It disappeared when it was at an altitude of about 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).

Deep ocean search teams have been recovering human remains and bringing them to Egypt's port city of Alexandria. French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry late last month, but said there is no evidence so far to link the crash to terrorism.

The Egyptian investigators have said they are not ruling any theory out, including terrorism. Catastrophic fires rarely break out so suddenly on flights. Investigators said last week that the plane’s wreckage showed signs of fire while the data recorder confirmed smoke alarms had been activated.

Experts will compare information downloaded from the flight data recorder and “establish time correlation” with the information gleaned from the cabin voice recorder, the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said in a statement.

The committee had said Saturday that the memory chips of EgyptAir 804’s black box voice recorder are intact and investigators should be able to access them.

Photos: Netanya coast, and previous parts of the EgyptAir found at sea


By: aydeo (16599.88)

Tags: EgyptAir,Flight,Parts,Washed up,Netanya,Coast

Location: Netanya, Israel

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