Accident to the Airbus A320, registered SU-GCC and operated by Egyptair, on 05/19/2016 in cruise off the Egyptian coast [Investigation led by AIB / Egypt] - 06/20/16 9H30

The Egyptian authorities published a new progress report on 19/06/16 at 23H00 on the technical operations techniques undertaken on the flight recorders as well as on the continuation of the underwater searches intended to map the debris area.

Progress report n° 12 published by the Egyptian authorities:

"Cairo, 19th of June 2016

On Saturday the 18th of June; the investigation committee started the process of inspecting parts of both the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and the Flight Data Recorder (FDR), the approved representative of France and his consulting experts witnessed this process. Whereas approved Representative and consultants from the United States of America; the engine manufacturer; had also joined the investigation committee. Memory units of both recorders were removed at the labs of the Central Department for Aircraft Investigation at the Ministry of Civil Aviation as a preparation to start the drying stage which was conducted at the Technical Research Center of the Armed Forces using modern high-Tech drying ovens. The drying stage took 8 consecutive hours and it was made in attendance of members of the investigation committee and the adviser to the approved representative of France, who has a wide expertise in dealing with the plane recorders. Electrical tests of memory units of the recorders are in progress which will be followed by the data unloading phase. It is worth mentioning that John Lethbrige, the vessel contracted by the Egyptian Government to join the search for the plane wreckage, is proceeding its tasks of drawing a map of the wreckage distribution at the bottom of the Mediterranean."

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