Research Vessel John Lethbridge, has provided the first images of wreckage to investigators. A search team on board the vessel will now draw a map of the wreckage’s distribution spots, the committee said in a statement.
EgyptAir Flight 804 (MS804/MSR804) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International Airport, operated by EgyptAir, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May 2016 at 02:33 Egypt Standard Time (UTC+2).
No mayday call was received by air traffic control, although signals that smoke had been detected in one of the aircraft’s lavatories and in the avionics bay were automatically transmitted by ACARS shortly before the aircraft disappeared from radar. The cause of the disaster is under investigation.
There were 66 people on board: 56 passengers, 7 aircrew, and 3 security personnel. No survivors were found. Debris from the aircraft were found in the Mediterranean Sea approximately 290 km (180 mi) north of Alexandria, Egypt. A multinational search and recovery operation is under way to locate the main wreckage and the flight recorders.
According to Greek military radar data, Flight 804 veered off course shortly after entering the Egyptian flight information region. At Flight Level 370 (about 37,000 ft (11,300 m) in altitude), the aircraft made a 90-degree left turn, followed by a 360-degree right turn, and then began to descend sharply. Radar contact was lost at an altitude of about 10,000 ft (3,000 m). This information was later denied on 23 May by an Egyptian official from the National Air Navigation Services Company, who stated there was no change in altitude and no unusual movement before the aircraft disappeared from radar.
On 19 May, Greece’s Ministry of National Defence reported that it was investigating the report of a merchant ship captain who claimed to have seen a “fire in the sky” 240 km (150 mi; 130 nmi) south of the island of Karpathos.
Shortly after the disappearance, the French government began to investigate whether there had been a security breach at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.