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Voice recorder may help solve crash mystery

US Navy searchers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir flight 990 raising investigators' hopes of learning why the Boeing 767-300ER plunged into the Atlantic off the American coast two weeks ago, killing all 217 on board.

The discovery came four days after the flight data recorder was found, although the information contained on the 'black box' has so far only served to deepen the mystery of what prompted the aircraft's roller-coaster ride to destruction.

Bad weather has hampered the search for the recorders while the water depth of 80m (250ft) has increased the problems for the US Navy's specialists.

A group of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and EgyptAir officials have arrived at Boeing's Seattle headquarters in the hope that the 767 simulator will help them unravel the mystery surrounding the vital last 40 seconds of flight 990.

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