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EgyptAir Cockpit Voice Recorder Indicates Panicked Efforts To Put Out A Fire

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Doomed EgyptAir MS804’s crew attempted to extinguish an on-board fire in the moments leading up to the plane’s demise over the Mediterranean Sea, according to the audio from the deck voice recorder.

The new data comes from the second black box, which was located on the flight deck, according to sources who shared the information with Reuters. Officials found the black boxes in late June, and sent them for repair and analysis in Cairo.

Investigators will continue analyzing the recordings in hopes to determine the cause of the crash.

Earlier investigation findings indicated the presence of smoke in the lavatory and the room where all the electronic devices were stored. Investigators discovered signs of high temperature damage on pieces of the plane during recovery operations.

The Cairo-bound flight that originated from Paris “deviated” from course at 37,000 feet. It then reportedly turned to the left, and then rolled to the right, completing a full circle before the crash.

Investigators have not ruled out terrorism, but human error or a technical glitch are also possibilities.

The flight made three separate emergency landings in a 24-hour period leading up to its demise May 19, but was cleared for take-off every time. Fifty-six passengers and ten crew members perished on the flight.

The last human remains were recovered by a special search and recovery vessel, The John Lethbridge. The vessel was contracted by the Egyptian government to recover remains and debris at sea and will hand over the remains to coroners and prosecution officials.

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