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French Experts Say Smoke Detected on EgyptAir Plane Before Disappearance

© AP Photo / Egyptian Defense MinistryEgyptian plane and ship search in the Mediterranean Sea for the missing EgyptAir flight 804 plane which crashed after disappearing from radar early Thursday morning while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo
Egyptian plane and ship search in the Mediterranean Sea for the missing EgyptAir flight 804 plane which crashed after disappearing from radar early Thursday morning while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo - Sputnik International
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France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for civil aviation safety (BEA) confirmed Saturday that there was smoke detected in the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this week.

A pilot looks out of the cockpit during a search operation by Egyptian air and navy forces for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea, in this still image taken from video May 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the EgyptAir Airbus A320 plane, carrying a total of 66 people, disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean Sea, 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. The plane was headed from Paris to Cairo.

"We can confirm that we have seen ACARS [Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System] messages from flight MS804 in which it is written that smoke was detected on board. At this stage we still do not know what happened on board. Our priority is to locate the wreckage and the black boxes," a BEA spokesman told the ABC News broadcaster.

According to the media outlet, experts believe that this may be a sign of mechanical failure.

On Friday, media reports emerged claiming that here were smoke alerts aboard the EgyptAir flight MS804 plane minutes before it crashed. The CNN network cited a screen grab from an Egyptian source matching the "approximate" time the plane went missing.

EgyptAir has said via Twitter that the Egyptian Armed Forces have discovered the wreckage and personal items from flight MS804 295 kilometers (183 miles) from the coast of Alexandria.

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