No new signal has been received from EgyptAir jet since day of crash: Sources

People light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight MS804, at the Cairo Opera house in Egypt, on May 26, 2016.
People light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight MS804, at the Cairo Opera house in Egypt, on May 26, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - No new radio signal has been received from an EgyptAir jet since the day it crashed in the Mediterranean last week, sources close to the investigation said on Friday (May 27), as a French vessel carrying specialist probes designed to detect black box pinger signals arrived in the search area.

Media reports on Thursday suggested that a new signal had allowed officials to further home in on where the black box recorders might be located.

A radio signal picked up on the day of the crash from the plane's emergency locator transmitter (ELT) allowed officials to determine a broadly defined search zone, but nothing new has since been detected, the sources told Reuters.

 

"There has been nothing since day one," a source familiar with the investigation said, a week after the Airbus A320 crashed with 66 people on board, including 30 Egyptians and 15 from France.

ALSEAMAR, a subsidiary of French industrial group Alcen, is providing equipment that includes three of its DETECTOR-6000 systems, designed to pick up black-box pinger signals over long distances up to 5km, according to the company’s website.

The French company will conduct a deepwater search in “four or five” areas within the 5km search zone believed to contain the two black boxes, with the possibility of expanding the search zone should no signal be detected, the source said.