It comes after French investigators, who are assisting the official inquiry, offered the first clues as to what unfolded in the moments before the aircraft crashed into the sea with 66 people on board. A spokesman for France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said the jet sent a series of warnings, indicating that smoke had been detected on board before it disappeared off radar screens.
He added that the signals did not indicate what caused the smoke or fire on board the plane, which was heading from Paris to Cairo in the early hours of Thursday.
The debris from the wreckage was discovered around 180 miles from the port of Alexandria. According to Egyptian state media, the black box was also picked up “three or four nautical miles” from the crash site in the Mediterranean Sea..