17 June 2016
Egyptian investigators report that a black box recorder from the EgyptAir flight that went missing last month over the Mediterranean has been found.
The flight MS804 had 66 people on board when it crashed on 19 May while flying from Paris to Cairo. There was no distress call when the plane vanished. All 66 people died.
According to Analysts, there is a possibility that human or technical error is the cause.
Electronic messages sent by the plane revealed that smoke detectors went off in the toilet and the aircraft’s electrics, minutes before the plane’s signal was lost.
However, the exact cause remains unknown as the plane maker said photos of wreckage did not tell investigators much.
The discovery of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is a major step forward in determining what happened to the doomed flight and whether it was brought down by a terrorist’s bomb or a technical fault.
The CVR is one of the two black boxes on the plane and it records what was said in the cockpit in the final moments before the plane went down.
The other black box, the Flight Data Recorder, which records readings from the aircraft’s systems, has not yet been found.
The Egyptian investigation committee said that the CVR was damaged but its memory unit, which contains the crucial data, seemed to be intact.
The CVR was recovered by a specialist ship owned by a Mauritian company just a few hours after deep-sea robot located the main wreckage of the plane at the bottom of the Mediterranean.