Official: Beacon from Egypt crash detected, search narrows
FILE - This file still image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804 in Egypt. Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP, File)

CAIRO: The chief investigator in the EgyptAir plane crash that killed all 66 people on board last week says search teams in the Mediterranean have picked up a beacon believed to be from the doomed aircraft.

Ayman al-Moqadem says this narrows down the search to a 5 kilometer (3 mile) radius. He insisted that this doesn’t mean the flight data and cockpit voice recorders — the so-called “black boxes” — have been found.

Al-Moqadem says finding the boxes requires highly sophisticated technology. He says the signal that was picked up comes from one of the devices on the plane transmitting its location. He spoke to reporters on Thursday.

France’s air accident investigation agency has said a French naval ship specialized in underwater searches will help search for the black boxes.

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