24 June 2016
Efforts have proved abortive in the bid to download information from the yet recovered black box recorder of the EgyptAir flight 804 that went missing last month over the Mediterranean.
According to Egyptian and U.S. Officials, key parts of the badly damaged recorders are being sent to France for repairs.
Egypt Investigation Committee said that the “electronic boards” of the recorders will be flown next week to the offices of the French aviation accident investigation bureau near Paris.
After the boards are repaired and salt removed, they will be sent back to Cairo for data analysis.
The recorders, were damaged when EgyptAir flight 804 traveling from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May, killing all 66 people on board.
The discovery of the black box last week was regarded as a major step forward in determining what happened to the flight as the pilots made no distress call before the crash, and no terrorist group claimed to have brought down the aircraft
French and U.S. investigators have overseen the effort to extract information from the recorders.
Recorders are a vital part of investigation. This particular recorder was made by Honeywell, a U.S. company.
The black box memory units are capable of providing investigators with pilots’ conversations, details about how the plane’s engines, navigation systems, and auto-pilot were working, and even information about smoke alarms.