France receives EgyptAir Flight MS804 black boxes, begins preparation for repairs

Published June 27th, 2016 - 04:17 GMT
Wreckage from EgyptAir Flight MS804. (AFP/File)
Wreckage from EgyptAir Flight MS804. (AFP/File)

An Egyptian investigation committee arrived on Monday in France to repair the two black boxes of the EgyptAir flight MS804 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in May, killing all 66 people on board, the committee said in a statement.

Upon their arrival in Paris, the team held meetings with French officials to discuss a plan of action and the procedures that would be taken to start the repair of the black boxes’ electronic circuit board.

Meanwhile, the plane’s wreckage, extracted from the Mediterranean, has been transported to a secure location within Cairo’s International Airport, awaiting a technical team’s examination, the statement read.

The statement also added that efforts to extract bodies of the victims are still ongoing, using the help of Egyptian and French medical examiners on board Lethbridge John ship, which was recently hired by Egypt.

The committee said in a previous statement that once the black boxes have been repaired, they would be returned to Cairo for analysis in Egypt's aviation ministry laboratories.

Investigators have said it is too early to determine what caused the plane to crash, although an attack has not been ruled out.

France's aviation safety agency has said the aircraft transmitted automated messages indicating smoke in the cabin and a fault in the flight control unit minutes before it disappeared.

Egyptian investigators have confirmed the aircraft had made a 90-degree left turn followed by a 360-degree turn to the right before hitting the sea.

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