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French vessel detects signals likely from EgyptAir jet black box

CAIRO(Reuters):A French naval search vessel has picked up signals believed to originate from one of the black boxes of EgyptAir flight MS804 which crashed into the Mediterranean last month, the Egyptian investigation committee said on Wednesday.

This August 21, 2015 file photo shows an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport, Austria. Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said on Wednesday that a French ship has picked up signals from deep under Mediterranean Sea, presumed to be from black boxes of the EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC that crashed last month, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.

It said in a statement the search for the black boxes was intensifying ahead of the expected arrival within a week of another vessel, the John Lethbridge, from Mauritius-based company Deep Ocean Search to help retrieve the devices.

Closer to the thing

“Search equipment aboard French naval vessel Laplace… has detected signals from the seabed of the search area, which likely belong to one of the data boxes,” the committee said.

Investigators are searching in some of the deepest waters of the Mediterranean for flight recorders from the Airbus A320 which crashed on May 19, killing 66 people.

The jet’s flight recorders or “black boxes” are designed to emit acoustic signals for 30 days after a crash, giving search teams fewer than three weeks to spot them in waters up to 9,840-feet (3,000-meters) deep, which is on the edge of their range.

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