Cairo says ship searching for crashed EgyptAir flight has detected signals

Egypt says a French ship has picked up signals from deep under the Mediterranean Sea presumed to be from one of the black boxes of EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed last month, killing all 66 passengers and crew.

The civil aviation ministry cited a statement from the committee investigating the crash as saying French vessel Laplace received the signals.

Wednesday’s statement says that a second ship, John Lethbridge, which is affiliated with the Deep Ocean Search firm, will join the search team later this week.

Locator pings emitted by flight data and cockpit voice recorders, known as the black boxes, can be picked up from deep underwater.

The search for the EgyptAir plane that crashed on 19 May has narrowed to a 3-mile square area in the Mediterranean.