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Time Running Out to Recover EgyptAir Black Boxes: Investigators

Flight MS804 crashed on May 19 killing all 66 people on board

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    In this May 19, 2016 file photo, an EgyptAir Airbus A330-300 takes off for Cairo from Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris. A French company says Wednesday, June 2, 2016 its equipment aboard a French naval ship has detected signals from one of the black box flight recorders on the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

    The "black boxes" from an EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea last month are expected to stop emitting signals on June 24, investigators said.

    The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) likely hold vital information about what caused Flight MS804 to crash on May 19, killing all 66 people on board, NBC News reported.

    The task of recovering the devices from the sea floor would be much harder without the battery-powered "pings" indicating their location. Egyptian investigators are also working with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board because the Airbus' engines were built by a consortium that includes Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney.

    On Monday the NTSB said it received Egyptian military radar images confirming that the aircraft deviated from its planned course and turned a full circle before disappearing on route from Paris to Cairo.

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