EgyptAir Flight 804’s cockpit voice recorder damaged, officials say

EgyptAir-Flight-804s-cockpit-voice-recorder-damaged-officials-say.  CAIRO,  Although searchers have finally located one of the “black boxes” from EgyptAir Flight 804, it might not provide the answers investigators hope it will.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy discusses the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 during news conference in Cairo, Egypt, on May 19. Thursday, Egyptian officials said one of the plane’s “black boxes,” the cockpit voice recorder, had been located but was found damaged. Photo by Karem Ahmed/UPI | License Photo

Egyptian authorities said Thursday that the cockpit voice recorder — a tape recording of everything that’s said among the crew on the flight deck — is damaged.

“The Cockpit voice recorder was retrieved in several stages, as it was damaged, but the vessel equipment managed to pick up the memory unit; which is considered as the most important part,” the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statementThursday.

Using various laboratory methods, investigators might still be able to salvage the tape recording — which can provide vital clues about what happened to the flight.

The CVR was located after search teams finally found the plane’s wreckage in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday. The other “black box,” though, the flight data recorder, is still missing.

By Andrew V. Pestano and Doug G. Ware