CAIRO: A search team on Thursday recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, in a major step towards establishing the cause of the tragedy. The device was found broken into pieces but the salvage experts managed to retrieve the recorder’s crucial memory unit, Egypt’s civil aviation authority said. Officials are preparing to transfer the recorder from a search vessel to the city of Alexandria on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast for analysis, a statement said. The cockpit voice recorder keeps track of up to two hours of conversations and other sounds in the pilots’ cabin. The breakthrough came hours after a deep-sea robot located pieces of the main body of the Airbus A320 at the bottom of the Mediterranean.