Egypt start processing black box of crashed plane

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Jun 2016

EgyptAir Airbus A320
In this August 21, 2015 file photo shows an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport, Austria (AP)

Egypt's Supreme State Security Prosecution has ordered the recovery of the data from the cockpit voice recorder found on Thursday from the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in late May, killing all 66 people on board.

The prosecution sent the voice recorder to the committee investigating the case to recover the data and prepare a report to be presented to the prosecution about the reason behind the crash.

The cockpit voice recorder was found under water, an Egyptian official investigation committee said on Thursday.

The committee added that although the black box had been damaged, a search vessel had managed to safely recover the memory unit, “which is the most important part of the recorder.”

Thursday's announcement comes a day after the committee said that the vessel John Lethbridge, which was contracted by the government to join the search for the plane debris and flight recorders, had spotted debris from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane.

According to the investigation committee's statement, the Egyptian prosecutor-general was notified and ordered that the information be recovered from the black box.

The cockpit voice recorder is on its way to Alexandria where it will be handed over to members of the general prosecution and the investigation committee.

Egyptian investigators said Monday that less than two weeks remain before the batteries from the flight's data recorders run out and stop emitting signals.

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