First Photos of EgyptAir 804 Debris Released

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Egyptian Armed Forces on Saturday morning released the first photos of debris from EgyptAir flight 804 recovered from the Mediterranean Sea.

A video showing Egyptian search efforts, as well as the debris, was also released by the Egyptian Armed Forces this morning.

The release of the photos follows confirmation that smoke was detected from within the doomed Airbus A320 aircraft shortly before it disappeared from radar. Experts believe this may point towards mechanical failure.

A spokesman for France's Le Bureau d'Enqutes et d'Analyses (BEA) -- the agency responsible for investigating aviation accidents -- cited data from ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) in confirming the detection of smoke in the aircraft. "We can confirm that we have seen ACARS messages from flight MS804 in which it is written that smoke was detected on board," the spokesman told ABC News. "At this stage we still do not know what happened on board. Our priority is to locate the wreckage and the black boxes."

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