Parts of downed EgyptAir flight wash up on Israeli beach
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Parts of downed EgyptAir flight wash up on Israeli beach

Authorities to hand over debris to Egypt, investigators in Cairo and Paris notified of discovery, PMO says

Raphael Ahren is the diplomatic correspondent at The Times of Israel.

This still image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows an Egyptian ship collecting wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)
This still image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows an Egyptian ship collecting wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)

Aircraft wreckage washed up on the beach near the central city of Netanya on Thursday and Israeli authorities believe they are parts of the EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19.

Israel notified Egyptian and French authorities, which are investigating the disappearance of Paris-Cairo flight MS804.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the relevant authorities to communicate with Egypt in order to hand over the wreckage to investigators, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

There was no word as to what parts of the plane were found on the beach.

The Airbus A320 plunged into the sea on May 19 while heading to Cairo from Paris, killing all 66 people on board. The plane was carrying 40 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, two Canadians and one passenger each from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. A terror attack has not been ruled out.

The Egyptian-led investigative committee said Tuesday that experts investigating the crash need more time to analyze and match the information gathered before they can reach “very basic conclusions.”

Experts will compare information downloaded from the flight data recorder and “establish time correlation” with the information gleaned from the cabin voice recorder, the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said in a statement.

The committee had said Saturday that the memory chips of EgyptAir 804’s black box voice recorder are intact and investigators should be able to access them.

Investigators said last week that the plane’s wreckage showed signs of fire while the data recorder confirmed smoke alarms had been activated.

AFP contributed to this report.

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