Egypt state television reports that navy’s sweep off area near Alexandria for black box has found passengers’ belongings.

A sweep by Egypt’s navy off the coast of Alexandria has recovered debris and passenger belongings from the missing EgyptAir flight.

Wreckage was found about 290km north of the Egyptian city on Friday, Egyptian state TV quoted the Egyptian military as saying.

The plane disappeared over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board early Thursday.
“Egyptian aircraft and navy vessels have found personal belongings of passengers and parts of the wreckage 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Alexandria,” a military spokesman said on his Facebook page.

The airline has said the search was no longer a rescue operation, but a recovery.
The search intensified on Friday, a day after Egypt’s aviation minister said that while it was too soon to say why the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo had vanished from radar screens, a ‘terrorist’ attack would be a more likely scenario than a technical failure.
The tragedy raised fears of a repeat of the bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group over Egypt last October that killed 224 people.