Friday 9 December 2016

Signal detected from black box of EgyptAir flight lost in Mediterranean

Magdy Samaan

Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30

A man holds a candle and a poster supporting EgyptAir during a vigil for the victims of flight MS804 in Cairo Photo: Amr Nabil
A man holds a candle and a poster supporting EgyptAir during a vigil for the victims of flight MS804 in Cairo Photo: Amr Nabil

​A signal has been detected from one of the black boxes that were on board doomed EgyptAir flight MS804, French investigators said yesterday.

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The discovery raises hopes that the data and cockpit voice recorders, known as black boxes, can soon be retrieved and will give insight into the crash of the Airbus A320 on May 19, which killed all 66 people on board. ​"The signal from a beacon from a flight recorder has been detected" by navy vessel Laplace, said Remi Jouty of France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis, following reports from Egyptian investigators.

Based on the data which has been collected, the search for the plane has been narrowed to a 5km area in the Mediterranean.

Egyptian and French navy vessels are participating in the search, and Egypt last week hired two private maritime companies to assist in finding the black boxes and the wreckage. Egypt says that the search was intensified to locate the black boxes in preparation for their retrieval by one of the private vessels, expected to arrive within a week.

The recording data devices are designed to emit acoustic signals for 30 days after a crash, giving search teams fewer than three weeks to spot them in waters up to 3km deep, which is on the edge of their range.

So far, the searching teams have found only small pieces of the bodies of the victims and fragments of the debris of the crashed plane. DNA samples have been taken from the families of the victims in an attempt to identify some of the remains.

Irish Independent

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