EgyptAir 804 distress signal
BarcroftEgyptair Airbus a320Missing EgyptAir Flight 804 may have been located via an emergency distress beacon
Distress signals from the ill-fated EgyptAir Flight 804 emergency locator transmitter have been ‘picked up in the Mediterranean Sea’, it emerged tonight.
It is seven days exactly since the plane crashed into the sea – killing all people on board – and an intensive search for the wreckage and debris has been underway since.
The device which is sending off the signals can either be manually or automatically activated by an impact – sending out a distress call, which has reportedly been picked up by Airbus.
Their discovery tonight is reported to have dramatically decreased the search area to a 3.1 mile (5km) radius north of Cairo on the coast of Egypt.
The EgyptAir Airbus A320 crashed with 66 people on board during a 19 May flight from Paris to Cairo.
Since the crash, small pieces of the wreckage and human remains have been recovered while the bulk of the plane and the bodies of the passengers are believed to be under the sea. A Cairo forensic team has received the human remains and is carrying out DNA tests to identify the victims.