Second Black Box Recovered From EgyptAir Crash Site

Search teams on Friday recovered the second flight recorder of an EgyptAir plane from the bottom of the Mediterranean that could prove vital in establishing the cause of the unexplained crash.

Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar screens in the eastern Mediterranean last month with 66 people on board, and a vast search operation has since scoured swathes of sea off Egypt’s northern coast.

Egyptian investigators said search teams managed to recover the Airbus A320’s flight data recorder — which gathers information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane — a day after they retrieved its cockpit voice recorder.

The data recorder, which experts termed “the most important part” of the probe, was found in several pieces, according to investigators.

It was not immediately clear how much of its data would be useable, but Cairo’s civil aviation authority said on Thursday that salvage experts had managed to retrieve the voice recorder’s crucial memory unit despite extensive damage to the black box.

The voice recorder was due to be transferred from the port city of Alexandria to Cairo, where Egyptian investigators supported by French experts and representatives of manufacturer Airbus will analyse its contents.

France’s BEA air safety agency said Friday it had dispatched an expert to Cairo to assist the probe.

The cockpit voice recorder keeps track of up to two hours of conversation and other sounds in the pilots’ cabin, but also ambient noise within the aircraft.

“Depending on what we can get from this black box, it could allow us to know exactly what happened,” according to aeronautics expert Jean Serrat.

An Egyptian aviation ministry source, who declined to be named, said that if the voice data was heavily damaged, it could be sent abroad for further analysis.

Investigators have repeatedly said it is too soon to determine what caused the disaster, but a terror attack has not been ruled out.

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French President Francois Hollande Says Missing EgyptAir Flight MS804 Crashed Into The Sea

At a press conference in Paris, French President Francois Hollande says that all the information gathered so far indicates that flight MS804 crashed – but, he says, no hypothesis as to the cause has been ruled out

“The information we have gathered – ministers, members of government and, of course, the Egyptian authorities – confirm, sadly, that it has crashed. It is lost.”

French President Francois Hollande says flight MS804 crashed into the sea. The flight from Paris to Cairo went missing over the Mediterranean.

An EgyptAir plane headed to Cairo from Paris with 69 people on board disappeared from radar at dawn Thursday, the airline said.

Flight MS804 operating an Airbus A320 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport at 11:09 p.m. with 56 passengers including three children and 10 crew members, the carrier said in a statement.

Passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French and 10 other nationalities, including one Briton

It lost contact with radar at 02:30 Cairo time (01:30 BST). It was 16km (10 miles) inside Egyptian airspace when it went missing, the airline says