WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says initial attempts to download information from the flight data and voice recorders of an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month have been unsuccessful.
The official says the recorders are being flown to the offices of the French aviation accident investigation bureau near Paris, which has better equipment for extracting the information than is available in Egypt.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
The recorders were extensively damaged when the plane traveling from Paris to Cairo plunged into the ocean on May 16, killing all 66 people on board.
French investigators are extensively involved in the inquiry because the plane was made by Airbus. That company is headquartered in France.