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French Experts Helping with EgyptAir Flight 804 Flight Recorders

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 24, 2016

French Experts Helping with EgyptAir Flight 804 Flight Recorders

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The flight recorders recovered from the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight MS804 will be sent to specialists in France for repairs after Egyptian investigators failed to recover the information on the memory chips.

According to, the Egyptian investigative committee has sent the two recorders to France's BEA accident experts in order to have salt deposits removed that formed on the memory chips while the wreckage sat at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

Once BEA officials clean the memory chips, they will be returned to Egypt so officials there can continue trying to extract vital information about the crash. The recorders contain conversations between pilots and technical parameters of the flight which could help determine the cause of the crash.

The Egyptian committee also announced Thursday that French experts were expected to join forces with search teams from Egypt in an effort to remove human remains from the wreckage of the plane.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19 when it vanished from radar and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. Wreckage from the plane was found around 180 miles north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria.


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