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Satellite Finds Possible EgyptAir Oil Slick in Mediterranean

© REUTERS / Egyptian MilitaryPilots of an Egyptian military plane take part in a search operation for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea in this still image taken from video May 19, 2016.
Pilots of an Egyptian military plane take part in a search operation for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea in this still image taken from video May 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The European Space Agency’s (ESA) satellite uncovered a possible drifting oil slick in the Mediterranean where the ill-fated EgyptAir passenger plane disappeared, the ESA said in a statement Friday.

PARIS (Sputnik) – On Thursday, EgyptAir flight MS804 vanished off the radars. A number of countries, including Greece, France and Egypt, are involved in the search operations. Earlier in the day, spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces Mohammad Samir confirmed to Sputnik that the wreckage of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 had been located in the Mediterranean.

"The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has detected a potential oil slick in the eastern Mediterranean Sea – in the same area where EgyptAir flight MS804 disappeared early yesterday morning on its way from Paris to Cairo. The image was acquired by Sentinel-1A yesterday at 16:00 GMT," ESA said.

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It said the satellite image provided to authorities in support of operations showed the 2-kilometer (1.2-miles) slick around 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the aircraft’s last known location.

The ESA said the slick has drifted by around 3 miles as of 04:00 GMT.

"There is, however, no guarantee that the slick is from the missing aircraft," it stressed.

The EgyptAir flight MS804 departed from the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, at 23:09 GMT on Wednesday. The aircraft was heading for the Cairo International Airport. According to the airline, there were a total of 66 people on board the plane, including 56 passengers.

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