4 JULY 2016
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The inquiry into the cause of the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 into the Mediterranean in May moved up a gear on Saturday after investigators said they had succeeded in accessing data from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
The device’s memory chips were undamaged but other supporting components have been removed and replaced with new ones, the committee looking into the incident said.
Advanced technology would now be used to extract the recordings from the CVR, the statement added.
The committee members returned to Cairo’s ministry of civil aviation at the weekend with the repaired boards to continue reading and analysing the contents of the CVR and of the flight data recorder (FDR), which was recovered earlier in the search.
Investigators said earlier last week that the FDR confirmed there had been smoke on board MS804 before the A320 disappeared from radar screens. Automated electronic messages sent by the aircraft had shown that smoke detectors went off in a toilet and in the area below the cockpit.
The investigators said new evidence showed part of the front section of the wreckage showed signs of high temperature damage and soot.
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