The flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight 804 has been recovered by searchers, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Committee said Friday — possibly a key step in determining what caused the plane to crash into the Mediterranean Sea nearly a month ago.
The recovery follows the finding two days earlier of the plane wreckage, which was nearby. Though the recorder is damaged, the committee says they will be able to recover important information.
The Airbus A320, which had 66 people aboard, crashed May 19 in the Mediterranean Sea on a flight from Paris to Cairo.
The flight data recorder will provide investigators with up to 25 hours of data from the airplane’s sensors, recording several thousand distinct pieces of information, including air speed, altitude, engine performance and wing positions, CNN reported.
The recorders are headed back to Egypt for reviewing.