Crashed EgyptAir Black Box Signals Detected

Crashed EgyptAir
The French Navy’s EV Jacoubet is taking part in a search for the EgyptAir plane [File: Reuters]

A French ship has picked up signals from deep under Mediterranean Sea, presumed to be from black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, Egyptian officials say.

The jet vanished from the radar while en route from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Wednesday cited a statement from the committee investigating the crash as saying the vessel Laplace is the one that received the signals.

Wednesday’s statement said that a second ship, John Lethbridge affiliated with the Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search firm, will join the search team later this week.

Locator pings emitted by flight data and cockpit voice recorders, known as the black boxes, can be picked up from deep underwater.

The search for the EgyptAir plane that crashed May 19 has narrowed to a 5-kilometer area in the Mediterranean.

Search teams have been working against the clock to recover the two flight recorders that will offer vital clues on the fate of flight 804.

The acoustic signals that help locate them in deep water stop transmitting after about 30 days.

The naval vessel Laplace contains equipment from ALSEAMAR, a subsidiary of French industrial group Alcen, which can pick up black-box pinger signals over long distances up to 5km, according to the company’s website.

These are separate from the signals transmitted by the ELT, which sends a radio signal upon impact that is not designed to continue emitting once the plane is submerged underwater, said one of the
sources close to the investigation.


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