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Report: EgyptAir Black Boxes Located in Mediterranean Sea

Report: EgyptAir Black Boxes Located in Mediterranean Sea
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By    |   Saturday, 21 May 2016 06:11 PM

The flight-data recorders for EgyptAir Flight 804 have been found near where human remains and other debris from the crashed flight have been located, an Egyptian government source said Saturday.

The "black boxes" — painted bright orange — were approximately located by their pings, and recovery efforts were underway, a U.S. intelligence source told CBS News.

The devices store key flight metrics and sounds from the cockpit that could definitively detail what downed the plane.

Egyptian media, including state-owned media, also reported the same development, CBS reports, though no official confirmation has been released.

Nevertheless, EgyptAir officials would not confirm or deny that the black boxes have been located, according to CBS.

The development comes after French investigators said Saturday that smoke was detected in multiple places on the flight moments before it plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea early Tuesday, but that the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board remained unclear.

The electronic signals offer a puzzling twist to what may have happened to the flight. Two error messages, the first at 2:26 a.m. local time, suggested there was a fire on board, while later alerts indicated some type of failure in the plane’s electrical equipment.

While similar signals have preceded air accidents in the past, the warnings aren’t associated with a sudden disappearance from radar as occurred with the Airbus A320 jet.

A Malaysian Airlines flight shot down over Ukrainian airspace in July 2014 broke apart so quickly that on-board systems did not have time to send distress messages.

"It’s too long for an explosion and too short for a traditional fire," said John Cox, a former A320 pilot who is president of Safety Operating Systems, a Washington consulting firm. "It says we have more question than we have answers."

Spanning three minutes, the warnings were followed by alerts that fumes were detected by smoke detectors, one in a lavatory and the other in the compartment below the cockpit where the plane’s computers and avionics systems are stored, according to the Aviation Herald.

CNN reported that the time stamps of the alerts match the approximate time the aircraft went missing.

In the case of a mid-flight fire, the pilots would have been expected to radio a distress call and begin attempts to divert, Cox said. No such radio calls came from the EgyptAir plane.

The transmissions, which are automatically sent to ground stations so airlines can monitor whether maintenance is necessary, will probably provide valuable clues once they’re matched up against the plane’s crash-proof flight recorders.

Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said Saturday that transmissions collected from the plane may have different causes and require further analysis before drawing any conclusions.

"We are looking at all the information that is collected but it is far too early to make a judgment or decision on single source of information," the ministry said in a statement.

Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

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