Thursday, June 30, 2016

EgyptAir crash: Black box confirms smoke on board

Data recovered from one of the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month showed smoke alarms had sounded on board, while soot was found on the wreckage, an Egyptian-led investigative committee has said.

Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo when it crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing all 66 people on board.

"Recorded data is showing a consistency with ACARS messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke," the committee said on Wednesday.

Investigators had previously announced that the plane's automated Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) sent signals indicating smoke alarms on board the plane before it went down.

"Parts of the front section of the aircraft showed signs of high temperature damage and soot," the committee statement added.

Egyptian investigators had said that the plane turned 90 degrees left, then a full 360 degrees to the right, plummeting from 38,000ft to 15,000ft before disappearing at about 10,000ft...
 Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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