Monday 23 April 2018

Experts repair flight recorder from crashed EgyptAir jet

Richard Osman was killed when EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed (Centamin/PA)
Richard Osman was killed when EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed (Centamin/PA)

A flight recorder recovered from the doomed EgyptAir jet, which claimed the life of a Briton when it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, has been repaired.

Richard Osman, a 40-year-old father of two, originally from Carmarthen, Wales, was on board the the Airbus A320 when it crashed in May.

Flight MS804 - carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members from Paris to Cairo - went down about halfway between the Greek island of Crete and Egypt's coastline, or around 175 miles offshore, after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Before it disappeared from radar screens around 2.45am Cairo time (12.45am GMT), the plane spun all the way around and suddenly lost altitude.

Search teams have since recovered the damaged cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.

The damaged electronic boards arrived in Paris on Monday - the flight data recorder has since been fully repaired according to a statement released by the Egyptian investigation committee.

The cause of the crash is yet to be established, but prosecutors in Paris have opened a manslaughter inquiry, saying there is not yet any evidence to link the crash to terrorism.

On Monday a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said the inquiry was launched as an accident investigation and not a terrorism probe.

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