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Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed EgyptAir Jet Found

  • Heather Murdock

FILE - An EgyptAir Airbus A320 takes off from Vienna International Airport, Aug. 21, 2015.

FILE - An EgyptAir Airbus A320 takes off from Vienna International Airport, Aug. 21, 2015.

Nasser Hammad, heading home for a family vacation in Egypt, disappeared without a trace last month when EgyptAir Flight 804 plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on a flight from Paris to Cairo. Discovery of the plane's wreckage and its cockpit voice recorder on the sea floor has raised hope that an explanation for the doomed jet's mysterious disappearance, and the loss of all 66 people aboard, eventually may be found

Hammad's brother Tarek said in a telephone interview, "We can't even prove he is dead until now to sort out post-death legal matters for his family and five children."

The friend of another crash victim, Mahmoud Elsayyad, who was traveling to Egypt to see his three children, complained that authorities have told the families little more than "wait and see what will happen."

"They are in heaven, I agree," said the friend, named Arafat. "But why are we being kept in hell?"

A research vessel with deep water search capabilities spotted "several main locations" of wreckage and photographed the discoveries, the committee investigating the Airbus A320's disappearance announced in Egypt. On Thursday, authorities announced that the cockpit voice recorder was located and pulled from the sea.

A research vessel with deep-water search capabilities spotted "several main locations" of wreckage and photographed the discoveries, the committee investigating the Airbus A320's disappearance announced in Egypt.

The M.V. John Lethridge, a British-built vessel capable of searching waters up to 6,000 meters deep, has investigators aboard who are mapping the wreckage sites, officials said. The 1,850-ton ship is owned by Global Marine Systems, based in Britain, and sails under a Panamanian flag (earlier reports said the ship was French).

No possible cause for the crash, including terrorism, has yet been ruled out.

Hamada Elrasam contributed to this report.

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