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EgyptAir black boxes may provide clues after repair


Washington : The black boxes of EgyptAir Flight 804 are being repaired and authorities now hope to solve the mystery of what caused the plane to crash into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

The boxes were badly damaged when they were recovered in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Egyptian investigators sent the mangled memory chips of the black boxes to a technical team in France last week and the French aircraft investigation bureau was able to fix the electronic board of the data recorder, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Monday.

Final repairs on the cockpit voice recorder are expected to be complete as early as Tuesday,reports CNN.

Both devices were damaged by the crash impact and sea water.

Amid speculations that either mechanical failure or terrorist attack caused the crash, investigators are looking to extract any bytes of the data to find the critical evidence needed to reveal the cause of the crash.

The cockpit voice recorder captures sounds from the flight deck, including flight crew conversation and alarms and background noise that can help investigate what the flight crew was doing at the time of a crash.

The flight data recorder gathers 25 hours of technical data from the airplane’s sensors, recording several thousand distinct pieces of information, including air speed, altitude, engine performance and wing positions.

The Airbus A320 was had 66 people aboard when it lost contact above the Mediterranean, shortly before the aircraft entered Egyptian airspace. The plane suddenly vanished from the radar as it soared over the Mediterranean from Paris to Cairo on May 19. (ANI)

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