Second black box of crashed EgyptAir flight found

Laura Christensen
June 18, 2016

John Lethbridge, the vessel contracted by the Egyptian Government to join the search for the wreckage of the EgyptAir A320 plane that was downed in the Mediterranean last month, had found the Cockpit voice recorder.

EgyptAir flight MS804 was on route from Paris, France to Cairo in Egypt on May 19 when it crashed into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.

The investigation committee said the data from the second recorder's memory unit will be downloaded once it has been transferred to the Egyptian port of Alexandria.

The recovery of the black boxes follows a breakthrough earlier in the week, when ships searching the part of the Mediterranean north of Egypt spotted the wreckage of the plane and started mapping its debris on the seabed. Previously, search crews found only small floating pieces of debris and some human remains.

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

Greek investigators say it veered 90 degrees before turning another 360 degrees in mid-air; it then quickly lost altitude before it vanished from air traffic controllers' radar screens.

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Sources at the Egypt-led investigative committee said the results will not be announced to the media before the investigative authorities, including the prosecution, are informed.

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

Earlier this week, investigators expressed concerns that the aircraft's black box would stop emitting signals on June 24, making it nearly impossible to find the aircraft.

A French vessel, Laplace, located signals from the ocean bed which could come from the black boxes.

A string of error messages sent automatically minutes before the A320 disappeared indicate that smoke had been detected beneath the cockpit and in a lavatory, and that windows next to the co-pilot's seat may have malfunctioned, together with unspecified issues with flight computers.

That crash - claimed by the Islamic State group's affiliate in the Sinai and blamed by Moscow on an explosive device planted on board the aircraft - decimated Egypt's tourism industry, which had already been battered by years of turmoil in the country.

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