Main locations of EgyptAir wreckage identified by deep ocean vessel

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Wreckage of Missing EgyptAir Flight Found Nearly a Month After Crash

CAIRO (Reuters) - The main locations of wreckage from the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the eastern Mediterranean last month have been identified by a vessel owned by Deep Ocean Search, the Egyptian-led investigation committee said Wednesday.

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The John Lethbridge, a search boat contracted by the Egyptian government, is working against the clock to locate the "black boxes" that investigators say will help explain why Flight MS804 crashed on May 19, killing all 66 people on board.

Signals from the flight data recorders needed to track them down on the seabed are expected to expire on June 24.

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ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - MAY 21: Some of the passengers' belongings and parts of the wreck of EgyptAir flight MS804 are seen as more wreckage found north of Alexandria, in Egypt on May 21, 2016. EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board on May 19. (Photo by Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - MAY 21: Some of the passengers' belongings and parts of the wreck of EgyptAir flight MS804 are seen as more wreckage found north of Alexandria, in Egypt on May 21, 2016. EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board on May 19. (Photo by Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - MAY 21: Some of the passengers' belongings and parts of the wreck of EgyptAir flight MS804 are seen as more wreckage found north of Alexandria, in Egypt on May 21, 2016. EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board on May 19. (Photo by Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - MAY 21: Some of the passengers' belongings and parts of the wreck of EgyptAir flight MS804 are seen as more wreckage found north of Alexandria, in Egypt on May 21, 2016. EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board on May 19. (Photo by Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - MAY 21: Some of the passengers' belongings and parts of the wreck of EgyptAir flight MS804 are seen as more wreckage found north of Alexandria, in Egypt on May 21, 2016. EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board on May 19. (Photo by Egyptian Armed Forces / Handout /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
This still image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows personal belongings and other wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804. Smoke was detected in multiple places on EgyptAir flight 804 moments before it plummeted into the Mediterranean, but the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board remains unclear, the French air accident investigation agency said on Saturday. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)
This still image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows a piece of carpet from the wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804. Smoke was detected in multiple places on EgyptAir flight 804 moments before it plummeted into the Mediterranean, but the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board remains unclear, the French air accident investigation agency said on Saturday. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)
This 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. Smoke was detected in multiple places on EgyptAir flight 804 moments before it plummeted into the Mediterranean, but the cause of the crash that killed all 66 on board remains unclear, the French air accident investigation agency said on Saturday. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)
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The John Lethbridge has provided the first images of wreckage to investigators. A search team on board along with investigators will now draw a map of the wreckage's distribution spots, the committee said in a statement.

It was not immediately known which parts of the plane had been found, nor whether the two flight recorders were nearby. The recorders, one for voice and another for data, were contained in the tail of the Airbus A320.

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Previously collected debris will also be handed over to the investigation committee after "standard procedures" are completed by prosecutors who are currently holding it for forensic evidence, the statement added.

To recover the black boxes some 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) below the sea surface, investigators will need to pinpoint the signals to within a few meters and establish whether the pingers are still connected to the recorders.

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