EgyptAir Crash: Second Black Box Is Recovered

The first black box was recovered Thursday, and both retrievals will likely allows investigators to determine why Flight 804 crashed.


The investigating committee looking into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 said Friday it has recovered the flight data recorder “in several pieces” from the Mediterranean, a day after a search vessel found the cockpit voice recorder from the Airbus A320.

In a statement, the committee said the recorder had been damaged, but the vessel managed to retrieve the “memory unit which is the most important in the recorder.”

The flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder are together called the black boxes of an aircraft. Their recovery should provide investigators information on what caused the plane with 66 people on board to crash May 19 in the Mediterranean on a flight from Paris to Cairo. The plane’s wreckage was found Wednesday.

Investigators are considering several factors as potentially responsible for the crash, including technical or human error and terrorism.