The memory chips of the second black box on the Egyptair plane that plunged into the Mediterranean Sea in May are intact, investigators said on Saturday, a step that could help determine the cause of the crash.
The Egypt-led investigation committee said that the examination of the electronic board components of the plane’s cockpit voice recorder (CVR)- the second of two black boxes on the aircraft- showed that none of the memory chips were damaged.
The CVR is in France for repair.
“However, some other supportive components associated with communication to and from the memory chips had to be been removed and replaced with new ones,” the committee added in a statement.
Advanced technology will be used to extract the recordings from these units, the committee said.
“After the replacement of the CVR board components, test results were satisfactory as it enabled the reading of the recorders of the CVR memory unit.”
The committee’s investigators will return to Cairo with the fixed boards for analysis.
On Saturday, the committee said that data downloaded from the other black box – the flight data recorder - suggested smoke aboard the plane shortly before its crash on May 19.
The Airbus A 320 crashed while en route from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 people on board. No distress call was received.
The crash came almost six months after a Russian passenger jet broke up in midair shortly after take-off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.