US Navy Helps Find More Than 100 Pieces of Debris from EgyptAir Flight 804
PHOTO: U.S. Navy Orion P-3s, like the one pictured, are assisting in the search for debris from EgyptAir Flight 804. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)
On Sunday, the United States Navy announced that more than 100 pieces of debris from the lost EgyptAir Flight 804 have been recovered in the Mediterranean Sea and reported to the Egyptian government.
According to ABCNews.com, the Egyptian Navy is leading the search for the wreckage of Flight 804—including sending a submarine to the suspected crash area—but the U.S. is among the many nations offering assistance to the country’s recovery efforts.
“The U.S. Navy P-3s continued to support the search effort with two missions from NAS Sigonella,” the U.S. Navy said in a statement released to ABCNews.com. “While on station the first aircraft coordinated its search efforts with an Egyptian navy. While on station the second aircrew located a large debris with over 100 pieces of debris they were able to positively identify as aircraft debris. The location and description of all debris was passed to the Egyptian Navy.”
In addition, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi announced Saturday that the country would be sending a submarine to the suspected crash site to search the sea floor for the flight and voice recorders, known as black boxes.
“We haven't recovered them yet,” Egypt civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi said in a statement. “Nothing new since yesterday. We have been recovering wreckage, we have been recovering human remains and other parts of the plane.”
Speaking for the first time since the crash, President el-Sisi announced that Egypt and France are conducting a joint investigation of the incident, and that it will take time to determine the cause of the crash.
President el-Sisi also thanked all of the nations who have supported Egypt during this tragic time and started his press conference with a moment of silence for the 66 people who lost their lives in the crash.
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