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Egyptian investigation team receives EgyptAir MS804 black boxes, explains next steps

The data extraction process can take several weeks if the devices are in good condition

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Jun 2016
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One of the EgyptAir MS804 black boxes extracted from the Mediterranean Sea (Photo courtesy of the investigating committee)
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The investigation team tasked with looking into the crash of EgyptAir MS804 said on Friday it had received the two black boxes extracted from the Mediterranean Sea in preparation for recovering and analysing their data.

The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was found and extracted on Thursday, while the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was found on Friday.

The EgyptAir flight crashed into the sea in late May, killing all 66 people on board.

The condition of the black boxes is still unknown, and the data extraction process can take several weeks if the devices are in good condition.

The data unloading process will take place at the labs of the Central Department for Aircraft Investigation.

Repairs of minor damage to the boxes can be made locally, although they would have to be moved abroad for major repairs.

The committee’s statement stressed that its investigation would not conclude with the recovery of the data, as that is part of a wider process of investigation.

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