EgyptAir crash: Flight data recorder repaired - investigators

A flight data recorder retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The flight data recorder will now be sent back to Cairo for analysis

The damaged flight data recorder from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month has been successfully repaired in France, Egyptian investigators say.

They say that work on the Airbus A320's cockpit voice recorder will begin "within hours".

It paves the way for experts to analyse data that could help explain what caused the crash.

Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May, killing all 66 people on board.

In a statement, Egypt's investigation commission said that the flight data recorder had been "successfully repaired... by the French accident investigation agency laboratory".

The voice and flight data recorders, known as black boxes, arrived in Paris from Cairo on Monday so that salt deposits could be removed.

They will be sent back to Cairo so the data can be analysed.

Also on Monday, the Paris prosecutor opened a manslaughter investigation into the crash.

A spokeswoman told the Associated Press that it would begin as an accident inquiry because there was no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.

Investigators appear to think the Airbus A320 was not brought down deliberately.

The flight recorders were recovered from the plane's wreckage, about 290km (180 miles) north of the Egyptian coast and at a depth of about 3,000m (9,800ft).

Automated electronic messages sent by the plane revealed that smoke detectors went off in a toilet and in the avionics area below the cockpit, minutes before the plane's signal was lost.

Radar data shows the plane turned 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right, dropping from 11,300m (37,000ft) to 4,600m (15,000ft) and then 3,000m (9,800ft) before it disappeared.

What we know

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Image caption EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on 19 May
  • EgyptAir Flight MS804 vanished over the eastern Mediterranean early on Thursday 19 May with 66 passengers and crew on board
  • Some surface debris was found 290km (180 miles) north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria
  • Wreckage was subsequently found in several locations at a depth of about 3,000m (9,800ft)
  • Signals from the plane indicated that smoke was detected in the toilet and in the avionics area below the cockpit
  • Aircraft made a 90-degree left turn followed by a 360-degree turn to the right before vanishing off radar

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