Lebanese military divers recovered part of the black box from the cockpit containing the recording of the conversation between the Ethiopian pilot and the Lebanese air traffic controller before the plane with 90 aboard broke apart and plunged in the ocean on Jan. 25.
Agence France Presse reports that Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi said the base of the second black box was recovered but a key part of box is still missing. The first black box containing the flight recorder is being examined by the Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses in Paris.
Among 23 bodies recovered are those of the wife of France's ambassador to Lebanon, Marla Sanchez Pietton, and the pilot of the aircraft, Habtamu Banti. International search teams have located parts of the fuselage, where most of the bodies are believed trapped.
Ethiopia Airlines told VOA's Henok Fente that a final report based on examination of both recorders and other evidence will hopefully determine the cause of the crash. Until then, they say that any comment regarding the cause of the accident is improper speculation and illegal.