Information can be extracted from intact recorder of doomed passenger plane: Egypt

July 2, 2016 8:00 pm

This combination of pictures
created on June 17, 2016 shows the flight recorder (L) from the EgyptAir
flight MS804 that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, after it
was recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean. (AFP picture)

Egyptian authorities say they
are capable of retrieving information from the cockpit voice recorder
(CVR) of the doomed EgyptAir flight MS804 as its memory chips are not
damaged.

“None of the memory chips of the electronic
board was damaged. After the replacement of the… board components,
test results were satisfactory and it enabled the reading of the
recorders,” a statement from an investigative committee probing the
plane disaster said on Saturday.
The investigators hope that they
could finally crack the mystery of the passenger jet by reading and
analyzing the flight data recorder and listening to contents of its CVR,
the statement further said, adding that the committee members were
planning to return to the capital, Cairo, to conduct their investigation
at the central department for aircraft accidents at ’s Ministry of
Civil .
The Airbus A320 mysteriously crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, killing all its passengers and crew.
The
plane was en route from Paris to Cairo, when suddenly disappeared from
radar with 56 passengers. Ten crew members also lost their lives in the
tragedy.
It was flying at 37,000 feet (11,300 meters) when it lost
contact with radar over the eastern Mediterranean, 10 miles inside the
Egyptian airspace, at 02:45 Cairo time (00:45 GMT).

This
picture, taken on May 19, 2016, shows an EgyptAir Airbus A330 from
Cairo taxiing at the Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris after
its landing a few hours after another EgyptAir flight crashed into the
Mediterranean. (AFP photo)Greek authorities
said at the time that captain of a merchant ship had reported a “flame
in the sky” some 130 nautical miles south of the Karpathos island.
Reports
of a possible system failure came hours after the wreckage of the
plane, including “personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the
plane debris,” was found 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of
Alexandria.
The flight data recorder now indicates that possible
lavatory and avionics smoke was belched out before the jet plunged into
the sea.
Last October, an Airbus A321, operated by a Russian
airliner and bound for St Petersburg, crashed in the Egyptian Sinai
Peninsula’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all the 224
people on board, who were mostly Russians.

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