ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - Forget looking for a needle in a hay stack. Try looking for an airplane in the Mediterranean Sea! The search is still on for the black boxes from EgyptAir flight 804, suspected to have crashed into the ocean on a flight from Paris to Cairo.
Authorities still don't know why the plane crashed. Some investigators believe an explosion tore the plane apart, because of the small pieces of human remains and other debris uncovered. Egyptian forensic authorities call those "mere assumptions."
66 people were on board, mostly Egyptian and French. Investigators are using submarines to search for evidence about 200 miles off the coast of Egypt. Life jackets and human remains have turned up but no sign of the flight data recorders. Aviation analyst Justin Green says, "The investigators are up against the clock. If they don't find the black boxes within the next 30 days, the job of finding them is going to be much harder because the black boxes may no longer be sending out a sonar ping, which will help them identify it." Officials hope the boxes will explain what brought the plane down.
Egyptian authorities believe terrorists were involved, though no group has claimed responsibility. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff says,"There is no hard evidence yet that this was terrorism."
Automatic transmissions sent minutes before the crash show alarms going off, indicating smoke. Schiff added, "We know a lot about those last moments now, but it may not be until we get those black boxes, if we are lucky enough to find them, that we get real answers."
The search for answers continues as bereaved families continue to hope for closure.