- France Confirms Signal is from EgyptAir flight 804 Black Box
- Distress signal from EgyptAir flight 804 confirmed by authorities in Cairo and US
Locator beacon was picked up by satellites in minutes after Airbus A320 carrying 66 people disappeared from radar over Mediterranean.
Egyptian authorities have confirmed a distress signal was received from EgyptAir flight 804 when it crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.
A US official from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also said an emergency beacon was picked up by satellites minutes after the airliner disappeared from radar on 19 May as it flew from Paris to Cairo, according to reports.
A posting on Egypt’s State Information Service website said investigators had “received satellite reports indicating receiving an electronic distress call from the plane’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT)”. The co-ordinates were being used to narrow down the search area, the statement said.
The plane disappeared from radar screens at 2.29am local time and the Bloomberg news agency, quoting Lieutenant Jason Wilson of the NOAA, said an ELT on the plane began transmitting at 2.36am local time. The signal was picked up by five satellites, triggering an alert to a ground station in Cyprus that confirmed the identity of the Airbus A320 and narrowed the possible crash area to about three miles.
A ground station in Maryland, US, also received “two bursts” from the satellites but not enough to pinpoint the beacon’s location, Bloomberg said.
Investigators have said it will be more than a week until they can recover the plane’s “black box” flight recorders when a ship capable of retrieving them arrives in the Mediterranean search zone, but teams are continuing to search for the wreckage in the meantime.
The flight recorders have enough battery power to emit signals for four or five weeks.