French firm gets signal from crashed EgyptAir plane

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CAIRO — A French company says its special undersea search ship has detected signals from one of the black box flight recorders on the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

Alseamar said in a statement Wednesday that the Laplace ship started searching for the signals midday Tuesday, and “less than 24 hours were necessary … to locate signals from a detector attached to one of the recorders of flight MS804.”

The statement did not indicate how the company knows that the signals were from the EgyptAir black box. Officials at Alseamar could not be reached for further comment.

The French air accident investigation agency BEA said it’s impossible to determine from the signals whether it is the flight’s data or voice recorder.