The Egyptian committee said the so-called black box — one of the two on board the plane that crashed on May 19 — has been damaged but the search vessel 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 vessel, the John Lethbridge, which pulled it out, to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.
Once on shore, it will be handed over to the members of the committee who will unload and analyse the data.
The announcement comes a day after the committee said the vessel, operated by US company Deep Ocean Search, has spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the plane.
The cause of the crash remains unclear. No terror group has claimed responsibility for bringing the plane down.