Hopes of solving EgyptAir crash mystery rise as second black box is found

The flight data recorder of the EgyptAir plane which crashed last month killing all 66 people on board has been recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean. Its discovery comes one day after the plane’s cockpit voice recorder was also retrieved from the wreckage of the Airbus A320. The latest findings raise hopes that investigators will be able to determine the cause of the crash.

Depending on what we can get from this black box, it could allow us to know exactly what happened

French aeronautics expert Jean Serrat

The EgyptAir Airbus A320 was flying to Cairo from Paris when it crashed on May 19 between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast. The wreckage, found two days ago, was believed to be at a depth of about 3,000m (10,000ft). Egyptian investigators said on Friday they had managed to retrieve the crucial memory unit of the data recorder. They will download and analyse the data it contains once it arrives in Cairo from the scene of the crash. Experts are already working on the data recovered from the cockpit voice recorder the day before.