EgyptAir flight MS804:  Plane wreckage found by the Deep Ocean Vessel


CAIRO. The Egyptian-led investigation committee, Deep Ocean Search, has identified the main locations of wreckage from the EgyptAir plane that plunged into the eastern Mediterranean last month.

The John Lethbridge, a search boat engaged by the Egyptian government, is working to its capacity against the clock to detect the ‘black boxes’ that investigators say will help in explaining the reason of Flight MS804 crash, killing 66 people on board on May 19.

Signals from the flight data recorders needed to track them down on the seabed are expected to expire on June 24.

The John Lethbridge has rustled up the first images of wreckage to investigators. A search team on board along with investigators will now draw up a map of the debris’s distribution spots, the committee said in a statement.

It is still not known which parts of the jet has been found till now, nor even the location of the two flight recorders whether they are nearby. The recorders, one for the voice and another for data, were contained in the tail of the Airbus A320.

Previously collected debris will be handed over to the investigation committee after ‘standard procedures’ get completed by the prosecutors who are presently holding it as forensic evidence, the statement stated.

In order to recover the black boxes that are some 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) below the sea surface, investigators will need to pinpoint the signals to within a few metres and establish whether the pingers are still connected to the recorders or not.