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EgyptAir: Images released of debris found in plane search

"We are drawing no conclusions from this. Everything else is pure conjecture."

BBC News reporting: The photographs of the airplane parts, life vests, personal belongings and objects marked EgyptAir were released by the Egyptian military.

Reportedly, these items, as well as human body parts, were found in the Mediterranean Sea during the recent search attempts for still missing Egypt Air flight MS804.

The plane, model Airbus A320, was transporting 66 people from Paris to Cairo when it completely vanished from radars early on Thursday.

A thorough investigation has confirmed the detection of smoke in various parts of the cabin three minutes before it disappeared, but the investigators say the cause is still not known.

Making a public statement on Saturday after meeting relatives of victims, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said "all theories are being examined and none is favored."

Wings, fuselage, tail and the onboard recorders, so-called “black boxes”, have not been recovered yet.

Even though no bodies have been found either, memorials have been taking place for the victims.

As for the reasons of the plane’s disappearance and potential crash, there are some hints in the last few Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) messages.

It said the system showed that at 02:26 local time on Thursday (00:26 GMT) smoke was detected in the jet's toilet.

A minute later - at 00:27 GMT - there was an avionics alert indicating smoke in the bay below the cockpit that contains aircraft electronics and computers.

The last ACARS message was at 00:29 GMT, the air industry website said, and the contact with the plane was lost four minutes later at 02:33 local time.

ACARS is used to routinely download flight data to the airline operating the aircraft.

Confirming the data, France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis told AFP it was "far too soon to interpret and understand the cause of the accident as long as we have not found the wreckage or the flight data recorders."

Agency spokesman Sebastien Barthe told Associated Press the messages "generally mean the start of a fire" but added: "We are drawing no conclusions from this. Everything else is pure conjecture."

Philip Baum, the editor of Aviation Security International Magazine, told the BBC that technical failure could not be ruled out.

"There was smoke reported in the aircraft lavatory, then smoke in the avionics bay, and over a period of three minutes the aircraft's systems shut down, so you know, that's starting to indicate that it probably wasn't a hijack, it probably wasn't a struggle in the cockpit, it's more likely a fire on board.”

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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