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The Imam of al Thawrah Mosque, Samir Abdel Bary, gives condolences to film director Osman Abu Laban, center, who lost four relatives, all victims of Thursday's EgyptAir plane crash, following prayers for the dead, at al Thawrah Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 20, 2016. The Airbus A320 plane was flying from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared early Thursday over the sea. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Bloomberg) – Egyptian authorities said they discovered debris, body parts and personal belongings from passengers of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in the early hours of Thursday, all but quashing any hope of survivors among the 66 people on board.

The search by Egyptian forces and supporting countries remains in progress, the airline said in a statement. Among other pieces discovered were luggage and aircraft seats. No reference was made to the search for the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders, which could offer valuable clues about what downed the Airbus A320 on its flight from Paris to Cairo.

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