Red Sea search for crash debris resumes

9th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Jan 9 (AFP) - Teams continued to search the Red Sea around this Egyptian resort Friday, in an effort to retrieve debris and the black boxes from a charter plane that crashed last week, the French Navy said.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Jan 9 (AFP) - Teams continued to search the Red Sea around this Egyptian resort Friday, in an effort to retrieve debris and the black boxes from a charter plane that crashed last week, the French Navy said.

Work was interrupted Thursday by a memorial service held at sea for relatives of the 148 people killed when the Boeing 737 operated by charter company Flash Airlines crashed shortly after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday.

"The two signals (from the black boxes) are still alright," said Lieutenant Vassieau Valerie Fourrier, a navy spokesman.

French experts using a rod-like sensor deployed in the water since Monday believe they have locked onto the flight recorders, but that they are located in waters too deep for the submarine robot they have here.

A new deep-sea robot and a submarine from France will arrive in Egypt next week to help retrieve them.

© AFP

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