The cockpit voice recorder from doomed EgyptAir Flight 804 has been found and at least partially recovered from the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt’s investigation committee stated onThursday.
The “black box” was damaged and had to be carefully retrieved in stages. The committee said in a statement that a specialist vessel owned by Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search had been able to recover the crucial memory unit from the recorder.
There was no immediate word on the fate of the data recorder. Searchers spotted the wreckage Wednesday, almost one month after the Cairo-bound Airbus A320 plunged into the sea more than three hours into the flight from Paris. All 66 people aboard perished.
MS804 flight aircraft disappeared from radar at 2:45 am at a distance of 174 miles from the Egyptian coast, immediately after entering Egyptian airspace.
On board were 66 people. Later, Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation said that the wreckage has been found not far from the Greek island of Crete. Among the passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, 2 Iraqis, 1 Algerian, 1 Belgian, 1 British, 1 Canadian, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese, 1 Portuguese, 1 Kuwaiti, and 1 citizen of Chad.
The A320 was made in 2003 and had flown 48,000 hours. Both pilots were experienced.