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Flight Data Recorder of Crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804 Found

Flight Data Recorder of Crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804 Found

Part of wreckage found on May 21.
Part of wreckage found on May 21.

Search vessels have found the second black box of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 less than 24 hours after discovering the first, which contained the cockpit voice recordings.

The search vessel, John Lethbridge, recovered the second black box.

On Thursday, the investigative committee said that the first black box was damaged but that a search vessel had managed to safely recover the memory unit, identified by the committee as the most important part of the recorder.

The cockpit voice recorder allows investigators to hear what the pilot and co-pilot were saying in the moments before the airplane crashed, and should include any background noise.

Meanwhile, the second black box, containing the flight data recorder, will provide additional data that may allow investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

According to a statement released by the investigative committee, the black boxes will be transferred to Alexandria where they will be processed and analysed by technical officers.

Flight MS804 vanished at 2:30AM Cairo time on May 19. The passenger plane was carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo and ”vanished” moments after entering Egyptian airspace. Terrorism and mechanical failure are among the possibilities being explored by the investigative committee.

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