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EgyptAir flight MS804 black box found


A black box from the EgyptAir jet that crashed into the Mediterranean last month has been found, French investigators say.

The black box was found after a French ship picked up signals in a three-mile (5km) area where the plane is believed to have come down on 19 May – killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.

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

The French ship, La Place, is equipped with three deep-water devices known as Detector 6000s – which can detect the signals.

Some debris from the plane – including life vests, passenger belongings and pieces of wreckage – had already been found, but the fuselage and black boxes were still missing before the latest discovery.

Egyptian authorities have said they believe terrorism is a more likely explanation than equipment failure, although no militant group has so far claimed to have downed the jet.
Some aviation experts have said the erratic flight path reported by the Greek defence minister suggests a bomb blast or a struggle in the cockpit.


  • Daniel Fayemi for

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