The plane, which disappeared from radar screens and spiralled into the Mediterranean Sea, was declared missing nearly a month ago. 56 passengers and 10 crew members make up the total of 66 people who died in the crash. Subsequently the passenger lists revealed the majority of the passengers were Egyptian and French, although sources confirmed one UK passport holder from Wales.
The Egyptian Ministry for Aviation in a statement confirmed a search team and investigators on board the search vessel are agreeing a major search strategy which will split resources to search and locate the main crash site wreckage.
The latest sightings come at a time when the guaranteed underwater pinger locator signal ( see picture above) directly from the black boxes is due to fade after a programmed 30 day period, although depending on local conditions on the seabed, the pings could well continue for weeks to come and continue to positively aid the search and recovery process.
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