When an EgyptAir flight crashed in May, investigators thought the voice recordings from the cockpit would probably not be very useful due to damage to the black box. But those same investigators have now backtracked, announcing Saturday that they were able to retrieve the voice recordings after all.
“None of the memory chips of the electronic board were damaged. Test results were satisfactory as (they) enabled the reading of the recorders of the CVR memory unit,” Egyptian investigators said, before vowing to bring the recorder to Cairo for further analysis.
EgyptAir 804 was a direct flight from Paris to Cairo, but it crashed into the Mediterranean May 19 after disappearing from the radar between Crete and the Egyptian coast. The pilots never made a distress call and none of the 66 passengers survived. As of now, no radical groups have taken credit for the crash, so French and Egyptian authorities have resisted calling it an act of terrorism at this point.
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While search teams continue to look through the wreckage deep below sea level, the plane’s data recorder indicates there was smoke in the lavatory and onboard equipment and the investigation has turned up heat damage.
Foul play has not been proven but is strongly suspected since radar data shows the plane was cruising normally in clear skies before it suddenly turned 90 degrees left, spun 360 degrees to the right, and then plummeted from 38,000 feet to 15,000 feet before disappearing for good when it reached 10,000 feet.
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