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Paris-Cairo EgyptAir crash voice recorder undamaged

media the flight recorder (L) from the EgyptAir plane AFP/Egypt Aviation

The memory chips of the Cockpit Voicer Recorder (CVR) of the Egyptair flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in May are intact and could provide clues as to the reason for the tragedy that killed 66 people on a flight from Paris to Cairo.

"None of the memory chips of the electronic board was damaged," the Egyptian-led probe said in a statement.

That means that recordings of what went on in the cockpit can be heard, which is likely to give clues as to the reason the Airbus A320 suddenly disappeared from radar screens between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast on 19 May.

The flight recorder is currently being repaired by France's BEA air traffic accident investigation unit.

Analysis of the other black box, the flight data recorder, has confirmed that smoke alarms went off before the crash, indicating that the probable cause was technical failure and not a terrorist attack, as Egyptian authorities originally speculated.

Last week investigators said that the debris showed signs of a fire inside the aircraft.

There were 66 people on board - 40 Egyptians, 10 of whom were members of the flight crew, and 15 French nationals.

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