EgyptAir Flight MS804: France joins deep-sea search op as signals detected


EgyptAir Flight MS804

A French navy ship is going to join the deep-sea search in the Mediterranean sea for the main wreckage and the two black boxes of the EgyptAir Flight 804 that crashed last Thursday. The search is now focused on locating the plane’s black boxes, which could explain what brought down the Paris-to-Cairo flight as it entered Egyptian air space.

Reports claimed that search teams have detected a radio signal from an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) usually situated in the rear of the aircraft. The development comes a week after the Airbus A320 crashed killing all 66 people on board, shortly after leaving Greek airspace. The radio signal could potentially help narrow down the search area as it could lead to the location of the fuselage of the craft, investigators claim.

The ELT sends out a signal that can be picked up by satellites in the international search-and-rescue network when an aircraft meets an accident.