Plane debris found on a beach in northern Israel is very likely from crashed EgyptAir Flight 804, the Israeli Prime Minister’s office said Thursday.
The debris was collected Thursday morning from the beach of Netanya, the statement said.
“It appears with very high probability that this is the debris of the Egyptian plane that blew up over the Mediterranean Sea a couple of months ago.”
The statement did not specify what, exactly, was found. Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed relevant authorities to make contact with Egypt and to transfer the debris soon, “maybe even tomorrow,” the statement said. France also notified, because the plane took off from its territory.
Pieces of the flight have emerged throughout the Mediterranean Sea since the May 19 crash. The Airbus A320 vanished from the radar, plunging into the eastern Mediterranean Sea en route from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 people on board. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
Human remains were recovered near the crash site earlier this month. The flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder were found in June, offering crucial insights into what caused the crash.
The plane’s cockpit voice recorder indicated there was a fire on the aircraft and an attempt to put it out before the plane crashed, a senior source from the airline told CNN on Tuesday.
Egyptian authorities were reluctant to attribute significance to the discovery in northern Israel until Egypt verified the information.
“Any news and updates regarding the plane must come from the official channels via the Egyptian Investigative Committee. We urge media to stay away from any rumors or unofficial reports,” said Ehab Raslan, assistant minister in Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation.
“The committee is working with full transparency with the media and will send updates out as soon as they are confirmed.”