French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says finding the black boxes of the crashed EgyptAir passenger plane is a priority. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a news conference in Paris on Saturday (May 21) that he met the families of the French passengers to offer condolences of the French government and the president and to assure them that the government was doing everything possible to assist in the investigation of the crash of the EgyptAir flight MS804. "I told them that France has put at the disposal of the Egyptian authorities all the means available to advance the search for the plane and the victims. Investigators from BEA (Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis) have already arrived in Cairo yesterday afternoon to take part in the investigation which has been opened by Egypt. We have also sent an airplane and a navy boat to take part in the search," Ayrault told the news conference. "Searching for the plane is obviously the priority today, as is finding the black boxes so that they can be analyzed which will allow us to answer the questions that are legitimately being posed." A spokesman for the French BEA agency said on Saturday that the EgyptAir jet has sent a series of signals indicating that smoke had been detected on board before it crashed into the Mediterranean. The signals did not indicate what caused the smoke or fire on board but offered the first clues as to what unfolded in the moments before the crash.