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Investigators say voice recording from EgyptAir crash intact

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The EgyptAir plane scheduled to make the following flight from Paris to Cairo, after flight MS804 disappeared from radar, taxies on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSEZUC

Cairo: Egyptian investigators say that the memory chips of the cockpit voice recorder of the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May are intact, allowing access to the recordings. In a statement today, they say the “test results were satisfactory as it enabled the reading of the recorders of the CVR memory unit,” in France, where the plane’s so-called black boxes are being examined.

The flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board, for reasons that remain unknown. The pilots made no distress call, and no militant group has claimed responsibility. The plane’s flight data recorder showed that there was smoke in the lavatory and onboard equipment. Egyptian investigators plan to return to Cairo with the black boxes to continue analysing their contents.