A deep ocean search vessel has identified several main locations of wreckage on the sea bed, sparking hopes it will now become clear what brought down the passenger plane.
It plunged into the Mediterranean Ocean on May 19 while en route from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 people on board.
Since then, search teams have desperately worked to recover wreckage and find out what caused the tragedy.
Just weeks ago, a French vessel sailing in the Med revealed it picked up underwater signals, which were initially presumed to be from the craft’s black box.
The black box records in-flight data and is crucial for discovering what happened in the final minutes before it went down.
Search teams are also working against the clock as the black box will stop emitting signals on June 24.
Debris, including passengers’ belongings and life jackets, were initially recovered by the Egyptian Army days after the crash.
But hopes of finding bigger parts of the plane, such as the cockpit and main body of the craft, have been fading as the search continued.
The cause of the crash remains a mystery, but an explosion from a device planted on board has not been ruled out.
However, no terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the disaster.
A fire on board is another possiblity as smoke was detected in various locations on board moments before it crashed.
It was also revealed that the plane had made a number of sudden jerking movements minutes before it went down.
But Professor Robert Jones, an aviation expert, told Daily News Egypt that these could have been down to the pilots trying to avoid a dangerous situation.
He said: “The 90 degree turn that was initially made and the subsequent 360 degree turn while descending from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet and then loss of radar contact at 10,000 feet could indicate that the pilots were making a dramatic effort to escape an unsafe situation and reach a lower altitude.
“In the case of depressurisation, smoke, or a fire, these manoeuvres could have been made to save the aircraft and its passengers and crew.”
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