Published: Tue, June 14, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

EgyptAir crash: Underwater signals from Airbus A320 black boxes detected

EgyptAir crash: Underwater signals from Airbus A320 black boxes detected

France's "Le Place" received signals from the seabed in the search area, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said in an e-mailed statement. To date, some debris has been found, but not the A320's fuselage or the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR).

A few hours later, the French military's high command said on Twitter: "The search vessel Laplace has detected a beacon from one flight recorder".

Since the crash, small fragments of wreckage and human remains have been recovered and are being tested by a forensic team in Cairo.

Investigators are racing against time to find MS804's black boxes, as they only have enough battery power to emit signals for four or five weeks.

Vidalies said he could not confirm reports by newspaper Le Parisien and France 3 TV that the plane transmitted warnings indicating smoke through the automatic Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) on previous flights.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Egypt's Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy said it was more likely the plane had been brought down by a terrorist attack than by a technical failure. Authorities hope that main portions of the wreckage can be located in close proximity to the box.

Officials on Wednesday, May 31, said that signals have been detected from one of the black boxes on the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month. However, no hard evidence has emerged on the cause, and no terror group has claimed to have downed the jet. The EgyptAir's chief said that the plane disappeared suddenly from the radar while cruising at an altitude of 37,000 feet. BEA investigators are aboard the Laplace.

The plane plunged into the Mediterranean sea with 66 people on board after taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on route to Cairo. In 2004, he was also part of the investigation of the Flash Airlines Flight 604 crash that hit the Red Sea shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh that claimed the lives of 148 passengers and crew on board.

Corbet reported from Paris.

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