The black box was one of two devices that National Transportation Safety Board investigators hope will shed light on what caused the Boeing 767 aircraft to crash in Anahuac during a Feb. 23 flight from Miami to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental. Investigators will analyze the data — the plane’s functions, altitude and other measures — in Washington D.C., officials said.
The plane fell 11,750 feet in about 30 seconds and plunged nose-first into the shallow waters about 30 miles from its destination, where it was slated to deliver an Amazon and U.S. Postal Service payload. A cockpit recording device was recovered from the crash site Friday, according to the NTSB officials.
A layer of mud at the crash site made it difficult for divers to hear the ultrasonic pings emitted by the devices.
Authorities have identified the remains of Capt. Ricky Blakely, Capt. Sean Archuleta, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska, who were aboard the Atlas jet carrying cargo for Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service.