We may never know what happened to EgyptAir Flight MS-804

Published June 13th, 2016 - 09:50 GMT
An EgyptAir A320 sits on the tarmac in Cyprus. (AFP photo)
An EgyptAir A320 sits on the tarmac in Cyprus. (AFP photo)

Signals from the black box of the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean on May 19 will stop being emitted in a matter of days, meaning the public may never know what happened to the plane and its 66 passengers.

Signals from the aircraft's black box recorder will cease in 11 days, the Egyptian board of inquiry said Monday, according to Middle East Eye, a news site based in London. 

Black boxes are programmed to emit signals for 30 days after a plane crash so that investigators can locate the plane and crucial information about why it went down. 

A number of theories abounded in the weeks after the crash, including "terrorism" and mechanical failure. No militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack, which may suggest the crash was accidental. 

A French ship using deep-water listening devices picked up signals from one of the plane's black boxes on June 1, according to Middle East Eye, but since then there has been no luck locating the devices. 

The EgyptAir Airbus A320 was traveling from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board when it went down. The plane made a sharp left turn and then began spiraling to the right before disappearing from radar, according to Greek investigators, although Egyptian navigation authorities disputed those reports.  

-HS


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