French vessel detects signal from EgyptAir plane’s black box

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A French vessel participating in the search for wreckage from EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month, has detected a signal believed to be coming from a black box, officials say.

The signal was picked up by the French Navy vessel Laplace in the search area for the wreckage, according to Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry. France’s Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority (BEA) confirmed the information.

Other details about the signal were not immediately available, but investigators said the signal is assumed to have originated from one of the flight data recorders. “Extensive search efforts are being carried out to locate the two data recorders,” Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said.

A deep ocean search vessel is expected to join the search team over the next week, at which time investigators are hoping to retrieve the flight data records, which may reveal the cause of the deadly crash.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 was flying on a route from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International Airport when it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 56 passengers and 10 crew members. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

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