The cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 on board, has been found and pulled from the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's investigation committee said Thursday, per the AP. The development raises hopes of finding clues as to the cause of the May 19 crash. The Egyptian committee said the so-called black box—one of two on board the plane—has been damaged, but that the vessel searching for the wreckage managed to safely pull the "memory unit, which is the most important in the recorder." The recorder was retrieved in "several stages," the committee said, and is currently being transferred from the John Lethbridge vessel, which pulled it out of the water, to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. Once on shore, it will be handed over to the members of the committee, who will analyze the data.
Thursday's announcement comes a day after the committee said the vessel John Lethbridge, operated by the US company Deep Ocean Search, had spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane. The Airbus A320 was en route to Cairo from Paris when it crashed on May 19 between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast. The cause of the crash remains unclear, and no terror group has claimed responsibility. The aircraft has two black boxes: the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, which has yet to be found. On Sunday, Egyptian investigators said time was running out in the search for the black boxes and that nearly two weeks remained before the batteries on them expired and they stopped emitting signals.