Pieces Of Missing EgyptAir Plane Found, Investigators Say

Pieces of the cabin from the missing EgyptAir plane which crashed into the Mediterranean last month have been found, Egyptian investigators said Wednesday.

A French vessel taking part in the search discovered pieces of fuselage at “several sites”, the Egyptian board of inquiry said in a statement.

The Airbus A320 which had been en route from Paris to Cairo disappeared on May 19, with the loss of all 66 people on board.
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The “John Lethbridge” research boat, which made the find, arrived in Egypt last week to begin searching the Mediterranean for the wreckage with an underwater robot.

The discovery comes after investigators warned on Monday that signals from the plane’s black boxes would stop operating by the end of the month.

The area of sea where it crashed is believed to be about 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) deep and its flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder should have had enough battery power to emit signals for four to five weeks.

Investigators have said it is too soon to determine what caused the disaster although a terror attack has not been ruled out.

France’s aviation safety agency has said the aircraft transmitted automated messages indicating smoke in the cabin and a fault in the flight control unit minutes before disappearing from radar screens.

Investigators were able to narrow down the search site thanks to an emergency signal sent via satellite by the plane’s locator transmitter when it hit the Mediterranean.

The signals were picked up by French survey ship Laplace which uses acoustic detection systems to listen for the “pings” emitted by the flight recorders, France’s aviation safety agency BEA said.

The passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. They included a boy and two babies.

Seven crew and three security personnel were also on board.

The crash comes after the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula last October that killed all 224 people on board.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack within hours, but there has been no such claim linked to the EgyptAir crash.

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Investigators Still Unsure Of Cause Of Bristow Chopper Crash

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) said on Monday that it was yet to determine the cause of the crash of the Bristow Helicopters S-76 chopper, which went down into the Lagos Lagoon on August 12.

Six persons, including the pilot and the co-pilot, were killed after the helicopter, which was enroute Lagos from Akure, crashed into the Oworonshoki area of the lagoon.

Felix Abali, AIB’s Commissioner, while presenting the bureau’s preliminary report on the incident, said that preliminary findings revealed that the pushrod assembly of the chopper “became disjointed and could not hold together”.

The failure of the pushrod assembly can result in a loss of main rotor or tail rotor flight control and consequent loss of control of the helicopter.

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MH17 Investigators Find ‘Possible’ Missile Fragments

Investigators probing the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine said Tuesday they had identified pieces that “possibly” come from a Russian-made BUK missile, where the plane crashed.

International and Dutch investigators are probing “several parts, possibly originating from a BUK surface-air-missile system,” said a joint statement from prosecutors and the Dutch Safety Board (OVV).

“These parts have been secured during a previous recovery-mission in eastern Ukraine and are in possession of the criminal investigation team and the Dutch Safety Board,” it said.

Asked whether the parts were found at the crash site, Dutch public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP he could not be more specific than “in eastern Ukraine”.

Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17 last year, killing all 298 people on board during heavy fighting between Kiev’s armed forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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