Greece sends ‘last EgyptAir audio recordings’

Egypt’s air accidents chief also said that a vessel provided by French company Alseamar will join the hunt for the black boxes

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Greece has reportedly sent the last audio recordings of the doomed EgyptAir flight 804 on Thursday to the investigating teams in Cairo.

The investigating team has also received radar imagery and audio recordings from Greece what would purportedly detail the flight’s final trajectory.

This has come a day after Egypt reported contracted two foreign companies to help locate the flight data recorders of the carrier's plane that crashed last week in the Mediterranean, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.

Egypt’s air accidents chief also said that a vessel provided by French company Alseamar, which specializes in marine wreckage searches, will join within hours the hunt for the black boxes from crashed EgyptAir flight MS804.

Ayman al-Moqadem said negotiations were also underway to contract a second firm to help in the search.

The search for the emergency locator transmitter is also underway and focused on a 5 km area, he added.

A week since the crash, search teams are still working against the clock to recover the two black box flight recorders that will offer vital clues to investigators, because the signals that help locate them in deep water cease transmitting after about 30 days.

The black boxes are believed to be lying in up to 3,000 meters of water, on the edge of the range for hearing and locating signals emitted by the boxes.

Maritime search experts say this means acoustic hydrophones must be towed in the water at depths of up to 2,000 meters in order to have the best chance of picking up the signals.

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