EgyptAir Flight 804's flight recorderReuters

Investigators say they have successfully downloaded information from the flight recorder of EgyptAir Flight 804 and found there was smoke on board before the crash.

Egypt’s Aircraft Accident Investigation said in a statement Wednesday:

“Preliminary information shows that the entire flight is recorded on the FDR since its takeoff from Charles de Gaulle airport until the recording stopped at an altitude of 37,000 feet where the accident occurred. Recorded data is showing consistency with [Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System] messages of lavatory and avionics smoke.”

Investigators have yet to fully analyze the data, which could give more insight into the cause of the smoke and why the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing 66 people. There are still several possible causes of the crash, including human or technical error and terrorism.

Two weeks ago, investigators recovered the flight recorder in the Mediterranean, but said it was “in several pieces.” French officials are still repairing the cockpit voice recorder they found around the same time.

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