French investigators are certain that there was smoke in different parts of the Egyptair plane before it crashed into the sea with 66 people on board. This is confirmed by the smoke detectors present on this flight. However, its causes are still uncertain. Meanwhile, the authorities, which already yesterday reached, at the edges of the navy ships, the place where the plane from Paris sunk, have started to recover scrap, suitcases, and human remains.
The search teams have found the black boxes of the Egyptair flight in the sea area where also human remains and the wreckage were found. Egyptian government sources referred it to CBS News. No trails have been ruled out so far, although that of a terrorist attack seems to be the most widespread; the Egyptian and French authorities do not take a position and remain cautious. The smoke alarm in one of the bathrooms would have been transmitted with automatic data the plane sent a few moments before disappearing, according to The Aviation Herald, a site specializing in aviation. The site mentions data transmitted by the automatic on-board system, captured by “three independent channels.” Yet, everything is still a mystery.
The only certainty so far is the announcement made by Egyptair and Egyptian armed forces concerning “the wreckage, personal belongings of the passengers, parts of victims’ bodies, luggage, and seats” that were found about 290 km north of Alexandria. The portion of the sea where the sinking occurred is continuously observed also by aircrafts that take off from Sigonella. A French reconnaissance plane, equipped with a sonar and other technologies to help search the black boxes, is expected too. The black boxes are fundamental to understand what happened to the flight MS804, which disappeared from radar at 2:45 on Thursday and crashed into the water after having made two mysterious sharp turns.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that there are no valid “indication yet” to privilege any assumptions. “We cannot rule out, of course, that it might have been a terrorist attack,” pointed out Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, on the basis of what has been evidenced and repeated by the French Government. The Airbus A320 crashed in optimal weather conditions, without sending a SOS signal.
Among the elements that surfaced, there is also oil found by an ESA (European Space Agency) satellite. Information is under the examination of an Egyptian investigation committee, which is working together with the French investigators and an Airbus Group expert: the investigation is led by the high Egyptian official who led the investigation on the Russian charter. The Airbus A320-232 was manufactured in 2003. The pilot had 6,275 hours of flight experience, 2,101 of which on this specific kind of aircraft, while the co-pilot had an experience of 2766 hours.