US air/safety experts join EgyptAir crash investigation

According to Bloomberg, US air-safety experts have joined an investigation into the cause of the crash of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 plane that killed all 66 people on board on May 19, 2016.

Egypt´s Ministry of Civil Aviation said the Airbus A320´s data recorders are expected to continue emitting signals until June 24. Without the pings, which were initially detected two weeks ago, locating the devices becomes more difficult.

The US National Transport Safety Board asked to join the Egypt-led investigation because the plane´s engines were built by a consortium led by American company Pratt & Whitney, the Egyptian ministry said. The agency will send an expert to assist with the probe, which also includes French air-accident specialists since Airbus Group SE is based in the country.

Radar images show the plane bound for Cairo from Paris deviated from its course, veered sharply left and then rolled to the right in a complete circle before plunging into the sea, Egyptian investigators said, confirming earlier statements from Greek officials.

Flight MS804 also broadcast a series of error messages minutes before contact was lost, while the crew didn´t send a distress signal. The cause of the May 19 crash is likely to remain a mystery until the black boxes are found and decoded.

The French ship La Place has received signals from the seabed in the search area, and the John Lethbridge, a vessel from Deep Ocean Search Ltd., has joined the hunt to scan the ocean floor for the voice recorders.
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