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EgyptAir flight crash: Search to intensify as time runs out to find black boxes

Only around five days remain before the batteries of the flight's data and cockpit voice recorders expire and they stop emitting signals.

By: AP | Cairo | Published: June 13, 2016 8:40:17 am
FILE - In this May 19, 2016 file photo, an EgyptAir Airbus A330-300 takes off for Cairo from Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris. Egyptians officials say a bomb threat has forced an EgyptAir airliner en route to Beijing from Cairo to make an emergency landing in Uzbekistan, where the aircraft is being searched. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File) The boxes could reveal whether a mechanical fault, a hijacking or a bomb caused the disaster. (AP Photo/Representational)

Egyptian investigators say time is running out in the search for the black boxes from an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people on board.

In a statement on Sunday, they say that searches by ships in the area will intensify, given that only around five days remain before the batteries of the flight’s data and cockpit voice recorders expire and they stop emitting signals.

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The boxes could reveal whether a mechanical fault, a hijacking or a bomb caused the disaster. Finding them without the signals is possible but more difficult.

Since the plane disappeared from radar en route to Cairo from Paris, only small pieces of debris and human remains have been retrieved from the crash site. No group has claimed an attack.

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