EgyptAir flight MS804: manslaughter inquiry opens

Reuters reports that the Paris prosecutor's office on Monday opened a manslaughter investigation into the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804, as the doomed jet's black box memory chips were sent to France for fix.

Next, the investigators will start trying to remove more salt deposits from the cockpit voice recorder - which will give a window into the final moments as the pilot and co-pilot presumably battled to save the jet.

A flight-data recorder will store technical parameters from the previous 25 hours of a plane's operations.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors' office, said it was being treated "as a criminal case, not a terrorism investigation". The cause of the plane's crash as it traveled from Paris to Cairo on May 17 is yet to be given.

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Amid speculations that either mechanical failure or terrorist attack caused the crash, investigators are looking to extract any bytes of the data to find the critical evidence needed to reveal the cause of the crash.

The repaired black boxes will be returned to Cairo for analysis in Egypt's aviation ministry laboratories, the committee previously said.

EgyptAir flight MS804 spiralled down into the Mediterranean on May the 19th on its way from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 people on board.



  • Jack Mann