The EgyptAir plane that mysteriously disappeared in the Mediterranean on May 19, with 66 people on board, did three emergency landings in the 24 hours before the crash, French broadcaster France 3 reports. The report has yet to be confirmed by government or airspace authorities.
The plane used for the EgyptAir flight MS804 connecting Paris to Cairo reportedly had to turn around three times and perform emergency landings on each occasion, while travelling between Eritrea, Egypt, Tunisia, and Paris.
Shortly after taking off, emergency signals indicating a problem onboard went off, prompting the plane to turn around, France 3 reports.
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A technical verification on the ground took place each time following the landing but no problem was found as each time the plane could take off again and continue its route, according to the information obtained by France 3.
This data was reported by the Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), an encrypted system that records coded messages sent between the planes and the ground during flights. This system reportedly detected several technical incidents during the plane's last six rotations. The cause of those incidents is not yet known.
The message system is the same one that recorded a slew of messages signaling smoke coming from the lavatories the avionics bay and problems with the co-pilot's windows, just before the plane disappeared off the radars and crashed.
This information could help experts who are still trying to figure out why the flight MS804 crashed killing the 66 people onboard. No explanation has been ruled out yet, but this could point toward a technical failure rather than a bomb explosion.
This development might finally bring answers as to what exactly happened to the plane as all experts agree that we won't know what happened until the black box and voice recordings of the cockpit are found.