Submarine To Hunt For EgyptAir Wreckage (Updated)


Egypt is deploying a submarine to search for the main wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, which could be as deep as 10,000 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean. Searchers found pieces of EgyptAir Flight 804 in theMediterranean Sea along with human remains, officials said Friday. Seats and passenger belongings also were found 180 miles north of Alexandria, Egypt, according to news reports. French officials also confirmed that the aircraft sent an ACARS message reporting smoke in a lavatory and in the avionics bay about the time the aircraft went missing. Crews from multiple countries continue to take part in the search for the Airbus A320 that crashed early Thursday en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board. Friday’s announcement from Greek and Egyptian officials comes after retracting statements made the day before that the wreckage had been found.

While officials have said it’s possible a terrorist attack caused the crash, no definitive evidence has been found. TheHellenic Civil Aviation Authority said Friday everything appeared normal at1:48 a.m. Cairo time, when Greek controllers last communicated with the flight, The New York Times reported.At 2:27 a.m., controllers were unable to get a response from the crew. News reportssay the aircraft was at 37,000 feet when itturned left, made a full circle to the right and plunged toward the sea before radar contact was lost. A Washington Post report noted that the discovery of the debris will help target the search of the Mediterranean, but the area includes waters at least 10,000 feet deep and strong currents.