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Robot submarine used in Egyptair search

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Egypt has sent a robot submarine to the area of the Mediterranean Sea where EgyptAir Flight 804 went down to search for the plane’s black boxes, CNN has reported.

Ships and planes scouring the sea north of Alexandria have found body parts, personal belongings and debris from the Airbus 320, but are still trying to locate the black box recorders that could shed light on the cause the crash, which is believed to have killed 66 people.

Egyptian TV reported that the submarine can dive to depths of 3000 meters.

The Egyptian military said it spotted the debris about 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Alexandria, Egypt.

No survivors have been found, and authorities have not said what caused the plane with 66 people aboard to crash into the sea early Thursday en route from Paris to Cairo.

On Thursday, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said the chances of an act of terror causing the crash were higher than those of a mechanical failure.

But he was more cautious on Sunday, telling media not to jump to conclusions or speculate about what the causes of the crash.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told passengers’ families Saturday that “no theory” has been ruled out. No group has claimed responsibility for the crash.

 – with CNN/ABC.

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