The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recovered from flight AH5017 is too damaged to be of any use, say French investigators.
The French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority (BEA) has stated that the magnetic tape in the CVR suffered considerable damage during the crash on July 24.
Even after repair, the recordings are unusable, confirmed BEA. The absence of data “underlines the need to collect all data on communications that the crew may have had with organisations on the ground or with other aircraft,” it stated.
The Air Algerie flight was carrying 116 people from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers, the Algerian capital, when it went missing from radars and subsequently crashed over Mali.
A definitive cause of the accident has not yet been disclosed, but it’s thought that bad weather, most likely a sandstorm, may have played a deciding role.