Monday, June 20, 2016

Egypt tests black box recorders of EgyptAir flight

The Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee is running electrical tests on the recovered black box recorders of crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804, the committee said in a statement Sunday.

Under the supervision of Egyptian investigators and a certified French expert in flight recorders, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder (FDR) were first put through an 8-hour drying process Saturday at a military technical research center, the statement said.

The data and information in both recorders, if they are sound, will be extracted after the ongoing electrical tests, according to the statement.

  • On Wednesday, the investigation committee said the hired vessel, Lethbridge John, located several wreckage sites of the crashed plane in the Mediterranean.

A day later, the committee announced the vessel found the crashed jet's CVR although it was damaged.

"The device has been salvaged in several stages as it was found damaged, but the vessel managed to salvage the part containing the memory unit, which is the most important part in the voice recorder," the committee said in an earlier statement.

The probe into the cause of the tragic plane crash continues with all possibilities, including a terrorist bombing and a severe technical failure.

EgyptAir Flight MS804, an Airbus A320, went off radar en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19, with 66 people aboard, including 30 Egyptians and 15 French people.

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