First Photos of Debris From Crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 Released

This still image taken from video posted on May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir Flight 804. (PHOTO CREDIT: Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)
This still image taken from video posted on May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir Flight 804. (PHOTO CREDIT: Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)

On Saturday, Egyptian authorities released the first images of debris recovered from EgyptAir Flight 804, which mysteriously disappeared Thursday, while en route to Cairo from Paris, before apparently crashing into the Mediterranean Sea somewhere between Greece and Egypt.

The images, posted to the Facebook page of the chief military spokesman, show pieces of foam, personal effects and clothing (including a purse and a shoe) and a life vest, unwrapped and undamaged.

(The life vest’s discovery in that way has raised speculation that passengers were prepped for landing in the water, according to CNN.)

Audio from the flight, which was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members, has also been released, according to CNN. A short clip obtained by the network shows an apparently routine conversation between the pilot and air traffic control out of Zürich, Switzerland. The audio is not the final broadcast from the plane before it disappeared, according to CNN.

While Egyptian authorities have previously said an act of terrorism is more probable than a technical failure as the cause of the crash, there has not yet been a conclusive explanation as authorities work to discover and gather evidence.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Adam Carlson

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