EgyptAir Flight 804 made three separate emergency landings in a 24-hour period leading up to its May 19 demise over the Mediterranean, according to France 3.
These reported landings have not been confirmed by the Egyptian government or civil aviation authorities. If they are confirmed, it may put to bed the hypothesis that terrorism likely brought down the jet, an assertion initially made by Egyptian officials.
French media reports the on-board warning system, known as Acars, went off at three separate airports, forcing the flight to land for technical checks. All of these alerts were investigated and the plane was cleared for take-off each time.
“We cannot presume to know know exactly what happened on board but it’s not entirely normal to turn around several times after a technical incident without finding anything,” Jean-Paul Troadec of the Egyptian-led crash investigation committee told France 3.
This new information, combined with data from the black boxes, may provide answers to why the plane plunged into the sea. Investigators confirmed they detected a signal from one of the flight’s black boxes, but won’t be able to study its contents until a specialized ship retrieves it from the bottom of the Mediterranean.
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