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Egypt says no theory favored on EgyptAir crash

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says no theory was being favored on why EgyptAir MS804 plunged into the Mediterranean and that Egypt was using a submarine to locate the black boxes.

The Airbus A320 carrying 66 people crashed into the sea while flying from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, and some wreckage but not the black boxes has been found.

Egypt’s aviation minister has said that terrorism was more likely than technical failure, but Sissi says in a televised address that “all the theories are possible.”

This picture posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military's spokesman shows part of the wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804. Arabic reads: 'Part of plane wreckage.' (Egyptian Armed Forces Facebook via AP)
This picture posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military’s spokesman shows part of the wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804. Arabic reads: ‘Part of plane wreckage.’ (Egyptian Armed Forces Facebook via AP)

“There is no particular theory we can affirm right now,” he says.

Sissi says a submarine that could operate at a depth of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) under sea level was deployed today to search for the black boxes.

“This (submarine) moved today in the direction of the plane crash because we are working hard to retrieve the two boxes, which are the black boxes,” he says.

A civil aviation official tells AFP that search teams have found none of the passengers’ bodies, as the search continues.

— AFP

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