Clarity nears with discovery of second EgyptAir black box

Clarity nears with discovery of second EgyptAir black box
The flight data recorder on board the EgyptAir flight that went missing last month was recovered by investigators on Friday.
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17 June, 2016
The plane disappeared off the radar with 224 passengers on board in May [Getty]
The second black box from the missing EgyptAir flight that disappeared last month was recovered on Friday, one day after search teams found substantial wreckage at the bottom of the Mediterranean to help establish the cause of the mysterious crash.

Investigators confirmed the flight data recorder from MS804, which stores crucial information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane was recovered, describing the device as “the most important part” of the investigation.

On Thursday search teams located the cockpit recorder - broken into several pieces - just hours after the major search operation found pieces of the plane's cabin strewn across several sites.

But experts ensured the crucial memory unit within the device was recovered, paving the way towards establishing the cause of the tragedy that has baffled the world since the flight's disappearance on May 19.

The black box is a device installed into the cockpit that records conversations and other sounds heard in the pilot's cabin.

"Depending on what we can get from this black box, it could allow us to know exactly what happened," according to aeronautics expert Jean Serrat.

On Monday, investigators warned signals from the plane's black box would stop emitting by the end of the month, increasing concerns among the search party and relatives of the victims.

The Airbus A320 departed from Paris on May 19 and went missing before reaching Cairo with 66 people on board.

Earlier this week, Egyptian investigators said the aircraft had made a 90-degree left turn followed by a 360-degree turn to the right before hitting the sea.

Since the plane disappeared from radar, only small pieces of debris and some human remains have been retrieved from the crash site.  

Egypt initially suspected the aircraft was brought down by an attack, but it is now thought the crash may have been caused by a technical fault.

Automatic alerts sent by the Airbus indicated smoke in the cabin and a fault in the flight control unit, however no solid cause has been confirmed by authorities.

Thirty Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan were onboard the flight.