NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


November 9, 1999

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall this evening released the following statement: The flight data recorder from EgyptAir flight 990, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on October 31, arrived at the National Transportation Safety Board's headquarters building in Washington, D.C. at approximately 2:30 this afternoon. It had been retrieved from the ocean's bottom by the United States Navy at about 5:30 this morning, and flown to Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland by Navy helicopter.

The device is an Allied Signal Universal Flight Data Recorder, a tape-based unit that records the last 25 hours of aircraft operation. It recorded more than 150 parameters (items recorded, like airspeed, altitude, throttle setting, engine thrust, etc.).

The flight recorder arrived at the NTSB's laboratory in the presence of U.S. and Egyptian investigators. The magnetic tape was removed from its protective casing, cleaned and dried. The tape has data on it, and NTSB engineers are currently working to extract information. There will be no further statement on this today.

The United States Navy continues to search for the cockpit voice recorder about 250 feet below the ocean's surface.

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