French Accident Investigation Laboratory has successfully repaired one of two black boxes recovered from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, the Egyptian authorities said on Tuesday.

Investigators had said two weeks ago that efforts to download information from the retrieved black box recorder had proved abortive.

The box was sent to France for repairs after the Egyptian investigation agency was unable to download data from the badly-damaged recorder.

Since the repair of the recorder has been confirmed, officials have said downloading data from the Airbus A320’s cockpit voice recorder will begin “within hours”.

This will pave the way for experts to analyse data that could help explain what caused the crash.

Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the Mediterranean on May 19, killing all 66 persons on board.

The voice and flight data recorders, known as black boxes, arrived in Paris from Cairo last Monday so that salt deposits could be removed. They will be sent back to Cairo so the data can be analysed.

Also on Monday, Paris prosecutor opened a manslaughter investigation into the crash. Investigators have said there are currently no facts connecting the crash to “terrorism”.

Author: Ope Adedeji