Crashed Egyptair plane's black boxes 'extensively damaged'

Search teams have retrieved the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the EgyptAir plane which crashed into the Mediterranean in May, killing all 66 on board.

It is hoped analysis of the black boxes will shed light on why the plane crashed en route from Paris to Alexandria.

At present no militant group has claimed responsibility for bringing down the aircraft.

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Parents-of-three named as EgyptAir crash victims

Reham Mosad travelled with her husband so she could receive cancer treatment Credit: The Modern Academy

An Egyptian husband and wife who sought medical treatment in Paris were among the 66 people who died when EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed on Wednesday.

Reham Mosad needed cancer treatment, so her husband Ahmed el Ashry used his savings to take his wife to France for treatment, NBC reported.

Having spent a month in the French capital, the couple were returning to Cairo to be reunited with their children, Adam, Salma and Alia.

Mosad was a teacher's assistant at Modern Academy, a school in Cairo, whose newspaper published a tribute to her and her husband.

According to the post, el Ashry "decided he would do all that he could to lessen the pain of his wife and to prolong her life".

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Egypt deploys robot submarine to find black box

A life jacket recovered from the sea. Credit: MOD Egypt

Egypt has sent a robot submarine to search for the EgyptAir plane which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Planes and ships scouring the sea north of Alexandria have found personal belongings, debris, and body parts but are still trying to find the black box recorders which could shed light on exactly what happened.

Sisi said that the submarine, which can reach 3,000 metres underwater, was being brought in from Egypt's offshore oil industry.

He said: "It moved today in the direction of the plane crash site because we are working hard to salvage the black boxes."

It is not clear whether the vessel would be able to help locate the black boxes, or whether it would be used to recover objects found at a later stage.

Experts on air crash investigations said that search teams have around 30 days to listen for noises emitted by the beacons attached to the black boxes.

First funeral held for EgyptAir crash victim

Yara Hani Tawfik Credit: AFP TV/EBU

The funeral of an air stewardess who died in the EgyptAir crash has taken place.

Hundreds of relatives and friends of Yara Hani Tawfik gathered at St Mary and St Athanasius Church in Cairo this morning.

One of her cousins, Merlin Medhat, said: "I couldn't imagine that one day I would feel the grief of losing a cousin in such an accident."

The search for wreckage is ongoing with Egyptian investigatiors saying it is still "too early" to make judgements over the reason behind the crash.

Mourners paid tribute to the air stewardess Credit: AFP TV/EBU
Hundreds of family and friends gathered for the funeral Credit: AFP TV/EBU

EgyptAir crash: Audio clip captures pilot saying 'good night'

The first audio available from EgyptAir Flight 804 indicates that all was routine as the plane checked in with air traffic controllers in Switzerland.

One of the pilots on board the flight that went missing on Thursday morning can be heard telling traffic control "Good day, er, good night".

The audio, taken from www.liveatc.net, a website that provides live air traffic control broadcasts from around the world, shows the pilots talking to traffic control in Zurich before being handed over to Italian air traffic controllers in Padova.

The communication occurred around midnight local time, about two-and-a-half hours before Greek air traffic controllers in Athens lost contact with EgyptAir flight.

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Smoke detected 'in multiple places' on EgyptAir plane

Smoke was detected in multiple places on the EgyptAir plane before it crashed, French investigators said.

Spokesman Sebastien Barthe said the plane's automatic detection system sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before it disappeared from radar on Thursday morning.

He said the messages "generally mean the start of a fire".

He added: "We are drawing no conclusions from this. Everything else is pure conjecture."

It follows reports on aviation industry website AVHerald.com on Friday that smoke was detected near the cockpit of the plane, which vanished over the Mediterranean.

Investigators also said the priority is to find the flight's data recorders of the missing jet.

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