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On Apr 7th the NTSB said the crew recalled receiving an auto-throttle related ECAM message while climbing through 4000 feet shortly followed by an avionics smoke warning with the instruction to land. Despite this message neither crew recalled smelling smoke or fumes during the flight.
Supposedly, according to comments by Airbus after the United incident in 2011, the primary detection system for smoke was the crew seeing or smelling smoke in the cockpit.
Egypt and France have signed agreements with two French companies specialising in deep water searches, Alseamar and Deep Ocean Search (DOS).
Three of Alseamar’s Detector-6000 acoustic detection systems, which submerged can detect pings at 4,000m to 5,000m below sea level, have left the French island of Corsica on board the Laplace, a French navy ship.
“But the DOS specialised ship left the Irish sea on Saturday and it will reach the perceived crash site [after around] 12 days, after having the Egyptian and French investigators embark in Alexandria.”