French Investigators Detect Crashed MS804 EgyptAir Black box SignalsAfrica, African News, World News Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
BAILTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Two weeks after the accident, the French investigators have confirmed that signals have been detected from one of the black boxes of MS804 EgyptAir plane which crashed into the Mediterranean sea.
Investigators indicated that the signals were picked up by the French vessel Laplace as it was searching the Sea.
An official of France’s Bureau of Investigations and Analysis, Remi Jouty confirmed: “The signal from a beacon from a flight recorder has been detected”.
Laplace used acoustic detection systems to listen to the locator “pings” given off by the black boxes underwater.
Still on the search, a specialist vessel with robots and which will be able to dive to 3,000 metres (3,280 yards) is due to arrive next week.
Earlier, the Egyptian investigators reported that the French vessels had picked up signals from the wreckage search area, saying they were “assumed” to be from one of the devices.
Officials from the country said last week signals from the plane’s emergency beacon had been detected but later said they were received on the day of the crash and were not new.
Since the black boxes are still being searched for, the cause of the May 19, 2016 crash still remains a mystery.
The examiners are also still keeping mute on the root cause of the crash, despite discovering traces of smoke.
Black boxes normally emit signals for 30 days after a crash, giving search teams an ever-narrowing window to locate them before their batteries run out.
Debris from the plane have earlier been recovered from the sea, some 290km (180 miles) north of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. Some of the victims’ bodies are believed to be under the sea.
It would be recalled there were 66 passengers on board when the Airbus which was flying from Paris to Cairo, the Egyptian capital.
It first vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens, without a distress call.
The manifest of the passengers on board MS804 indicated 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
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