The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board says search crews have found wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut, Lebanon, from the east Mediterranean island.

Yiannakis Loizou told The Associated Press that the fate of two people aboard the plane remains unknown and that search efforts continue.

He said a German warship attached to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon will ferry the wreckage to Cyprus on Thursday for Cypriot investigators to begin their probe.

Cypriot authorities said the twin-engine Diamond DA42 plane with one Cypriot and one Lebanese national onboard disappeared Wednesday evening around 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the coastal town of Larnaca.

The plane had taken off from an airport near the town of Paphos, on Cyprus' western coast.