A French Navy ship searching for the black box of an EgyptAir aircraft which disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea last month has detected a signal.
The Laplace received signals from deep under the sea inside the five kilometre search perimeter for the missing A320 airbus, presumed to have been brought down by an act of terrorism.
Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation stated that the signals picked up could be coming from one of the plane’s data recorders, which determine the altitude, direction and speed of the plane. However, even if the signal is from the stricken aircraft, it is not known what it will reveal.
Fresh rescue workers from a second ship will join the official search party later this week.
The EgyptAir plane bound for Cairo plunged into the sea on May 19 en route from Paris.
On board detectors detected smoke coming from a toilet and a fault in two cockpit windows, but a distress signal was never issued. – Joseph Walz
Photo of air search from US Defence Force video.