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Search crew members have identified the location of one of two black boxes that were on board EgyptAir flight MS804 when it crashed in the Mediterranean last month and killed all 66 people on board, investigative officials told dpa Thursday.

A retrieval vessel with the Mauritius-based company Deep Ocean Search has managed to identify the black box's location, sources at the Egypt-led investigation committee said.

The search team and investigators completed a map that shows the location of debris within the 500-metre site where the black box is thought to be, the sources said.

EgyptAir flight MS804 was on route from Paris to Cairo on May 19 when it crashed into the Mediterranean some 290 kilometres north of the Egyptian coast. The reason for the crash remains unknown.

The boxes, which record flight data and sounds from the cockpit, will be critical in identifying the reason for the crash. The investigative committee earlier this week said they expected to continue transmitting a signal for the boxes until June 24.

Meanwhile, the French Navy said its Laplace vessel, deployed to assist with search operations and equipped with deep-sea search devices, had left the area where investigators have been looking for debris from plane.

It was not immediately clear why the ship left the site.

On Wednesday, wreckage of plane had been pinpointed. Investigators have seen photographs from one of the locations.

The committee had earlier confirmed reports from Greek authorities that the plane swerved to the left and then spun around rightwards in a circle immediately before crashing. 

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