Investigators search wreckage of doomed EgyptAir plane for

clues
CAIRO -- A French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the black boxes and other
wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Monday, searching for clues to what brought the plane down, as
Greek and Egyptian authorities diverged on what happened to the plane during the crucial final
minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board.
The Egyptian government has sent a submarine to the search area to try to retrieve the EgyptAir
Flight 804's flight recorders or so-called black boxes, which could finally explain what went wrong
when it mysteriously crashed in the Mediterranean Sea last week, CBS News correspondent Holly
Williams reported.
The U.S. Navy found more than 100 pieces of debris over the weekend.
The first audio recording to be released from the plane's flight deck is a standard check in between
the pilot and air traffic control over Zurich in Switzerland.
Five days after the air disaster, questions remain over what happened to the doomed jet before it
disappeared off radar at around 2.45 a.m. local time Thursday.

Egyptian authorities said they believe terrorism is a
more likely explanation than equipment failure, and
some aviation experts have said the erratic flight
reported by the Greek defense minister suggests a
bomb blast or a struggle in the cockpit. But so far no
hard evidence has emerged.
A 2013 report by the Egyptian ministry of civil
aviation records that the same Airbus 320 made an
emergency landing in Cairo that year, shortly after
taking off on its way to Istanbul, when one of the
engines "overheated." Aviation experts have said that
overheating is uncommon yet is highly unlikely to
cause a crash.
The head of Egypt's state-run provider of air navigation services, Ehab Azmy told The Associated
Press that the plane did not swerve or lose altitude before it disappeared off radar, challenging an
earlier account by Greece's defense minister.
Azmy, head of the National Air Navigation Services Company, said that in the minutes before the
plane disappeared it was flying at its normal altitude of 37,000 feet, according to the radar reading.
"That fact degrades what the Greeks are saying about the aircraft suddenly losing altitude before it
vanished from radar," he added.
"There was no turning to the right or left, and it was fine when it entered Egypt's FIR (flight
information region), which took nearly a minute or two before it disappeared," Azmy said.

According to Greece's defense minister Panos Kammenos the plane swerved wildly and dropped to
10,000 feet before it fell off radar.

Greek civil aviation authorities said all appeared fine with
the flight until air traffic controllers were to hand it over
to their Egyptian counterparts. The pilot did not respond
to their calls, and then the plane vanished from radars.
It was not immediately possible to explain the discrepancy
between the Greek and Egyptian accounts of the air
disaster.
Human remains of the victims arrived at a morgue in the
Egyptian capital, Cairo, where forensic experts were to carry out DNA tests, according to the head
of EgyptAir, Safwat Masalam.
A security official at Cairo morgue said family members had arrived at the building to give DNA
samples to match with the remains, which included those of a child. He spoke on condition of
anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press.
Egypt, which is sending a submarine to search for the flight recorders, has also refuted earlier
reports alleging that search crews had found the plane's black boxes -- which could offer vital clues
to what happened in the final minutes of the flight.
Ships and planes from Britain, Cyprus, France, Greece and the United States are taking part in the
search for the debris from the aircraft, including the black boxes. Some wreckage, including human
remains, has already been recovered.
The French vessel that joined the effort Monday is equipped with sonar that can pick up the
underwater "pings" emitted by the recorders. It is specialized in maritime surveillance, and rescue
and marine police missions.
The 262-foot ship left its Mediterranean home port of Toulon Friday with a crew of 90, including two
judicial investigators. The search area is roughly halfway between Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria
and the Greek island of Crete, where the water is 8,000 to 10,000 feet deep.
The official website of the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Directorate, which is affiliated
with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, gave details of a 2013 incident in which the plane in question had
to make an emergency landing.
It said that the EgyptAir A320 GCC took off from Cairo airport heading to Istanbul at 2:53 and that
when it reached an altitude of 24,000 feet the pilot noticed that one engine had overheated. A
warning message appeared on the screen reading, "engine number 1 stall." After checking on best
measures to take, the pilot headed back to Cairo airport where a maintenance engineer inspected
the engine, disconnected it, and sent it to be repaired.
There were no injuries, no fire, and no damage to the plane, the report read, adding that the engine
had a technical problem.

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The French Navy's EV Jacoubet prepares to leave the Mediterranean port of Toulon, France, May 20,
2016 to take part in a search operation of the EgyptAir passenger plane.
Courtesy Marine Nationale/SIRPA/Stephane Dzioba/Handout via Reuters
The report is one of over 60 reports classified as incidents, serious incidents and accidents that took
place between 2011 and 2014. Among them, 20 involved A320 Airbus planes, the highest among any
other aircraft.
Experts contacted by AP said that while an overheated engine is not a common problem, it is
unlikely to cause a crash.
David Learmount, a widely respected aviation expert and editor of the authoritative Flightglobal
magazine, said, "engine overheat is rare but it happens."
He said that the pilot can shut down the engine and aircrafts can operate with a single engine.
"I don't think engine overheat alone has ever caused an aircraft to crash. An engine fire could cause
a crash but has not done so in the modern aviation era," he added.
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