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Pings from EgyptAir Flight 804 Black Boxes Possibly Found in Mediterranean

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 01, 2016

Pings from EgyptAir Flight 804 Black Boxes Possibly Found in Mediterranean

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On Wednesday, Egypt officials announced that a French ship has picked up signals in the Mediterranean Sea, possibly from the black boxes in the crashed EgyptAir Flight 804.

According to, the Civil Aviation Ministry in Egypt announced that the French ship Laplace first received the signals. While it did not reveal when the signals were first detected, the Laplace ship arrived in the search area Tuesday.

The Laplace vessel will be joined by a second search ship, the John Lethbridge, later this week, which will be listening for locator pings emitted by flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the crashed plane.

EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed on May 19, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board. Since crews identified a search area for the missing plane, teams have found small pieces of the wreckage and human remains. The search area has now been narrowed down to a three-mile section of the Mediterranean Sea.

The black boxes from EgyptAir Flight 804 can transmit signals for up to 30 days after the crash, but even once the batteries run out, finding the boxes is still possible.

Unfortunately, it is still unclear what caused the crash, as no terrorist group has claimed responsibility and there were indications of smoke detected and issues with windows in the plane’s cockpit.


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