A specialist deep water dive support ship - recently working in the Irish Sea, on an oil industry contract - the MV John Lethbridge is currently steaming towards the narrowed down crash search and recovery site of Egyptair 804. An earlier Egyptian report of 'pings' from an externally mounted locator beacon, are now being attributed to one of the two data recorders inside the aircraft, each has its own pinger or homing device, and it is this source, the French Navy ship A793 La Place, seems to have locked on.
Asked by BBC Radio Foyle earlier this morning, why the Egyptair 804 crash seems to have slipped off the media agenda? Aviation Analyst and Broadcaster Julian Bray suggested that in search terms great progress had in fact been made and quickly, but the process has to be painstakingly precise, carefully mapped and really needs the Remote Submersible Vehicle owned by the French company Deep Ocean Search ( and on board the MV John Lethbridge ) to physically pinpoint and recover the 'black boxes' which in reality are painted a bright orange colour to aid identification.
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