EgyptAir flight data recorder repaired

Jun 28, 2016, 5:21 AM EDT
Debris from EgyptAir flight MS804
(Credit: Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet/flickr)

Egyptian investigators said on Tuesday that the damaged flight data recorder from the EgyptAir plane, which crashed last month, has been repaired in France. The officials added that the analysis of the Airbus A320’s cockpit voice recorder will begin soon to unravel the cause of the crash. The aircraft’s flight data recorder and one of its two black boxes were recovered in a severely damaged state from the Mediterranean Sea two weeks ago.

The announcement comes a day after French authorities initiated a manslaughter probe into the crash, citing lack of evidence that can link the incident to any terrorist activity, writes the BBC. All 66 people aboard on Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo died when the plane plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19.

Immediately after the crash, Egyptian authorities admitted the possibility of a terrorist attack, considering that a Russian passenger jet was earlier struck by Islamic State militants in the same region.

Prosecutor's office spokesman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said that investigators are initially ruling out the view that the plane was brought down deliberately, notes Al Jazeera. However, the course of inquiry may change as authorities make headway in the case, she added.