The EgyptAir crash: one month of investigations

17th June 2016, Comments 0 comments

Search teams on Friday recovered the second black box of an EgyptAir plane from the bottom of the Mediterranean that could help establish the cause of the May 19 crash.

The Egyptian board of inquiry said analysing the data could take "weeks".

The following is a timeline of the tragedy:

- May 19: EgyptAir says that flight MS804 -- with 66 people on board including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens -- has disappeared from the radar on route from Paris to Cairo.

- A Greece aviation source says the plane crashed into the sea off the southern Greek island of Karpathos, situated between Rhodes and Crete, while in Egyptian airspace.

- Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy says that a "terror" attack was a more probable explanation for the disappearance of the flight than technical failure.

- French President Francois Hollande says "no hypothesis is ruled out or favoured". The Paris prosecutor opens a probe.

- May 20: Egypt's military finds wreckage including seats and luggage from the plane about 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria.

- France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says there is "absolutely no indication" what had caused the crash.

- The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, says automated warning messages indicated smoke in the nose of the aircraft and an apparent problem with the flight control system.

- May 22: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says no theory is being favoured on the crash.

- June 1: A French navy vessel using deep-water listening devices detects signals from one of the plane's flight recorders.

- June 9: The "John Lethbridge" research vessel with an underwater robot arrives in Egypt to begin searching the Mediterranean for the wreck of the plane.

- June 15: The robot discovers pieces of the fuselage at "several sites".

- June 16: A search team recovers the cockpit voice recorder from the EgyptAir plane.

- June 17: Search teams recover the plane's flight data recorder -- which gathers information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane.

Both black boxes are found "in pieces" but the investigators say they managed to retrieve the most important parts.

© 2016 AFP

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