Discovered Data Recorder May Shed Light On the Mystery of El Faro

33 people disappeared the night the cargo ship sailed into a hurricane and sank.
1:10 | 04/26/16

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We do have breaking news this evening in the sinking of the cargo ship el faro last year, with more than two dozen Americans onboard. The data recorder has been found at the bottom of the sea. Here are some of the faces of the 33 crew members who died on that ship when it sailed into a hurricane. Tonight, their families with new hope of finding out perhaps how and why that ship went down. ABC's David Kerley, who covers tra transportation for us, is live in Washington tonight. Reporter: This discovery could solve the mystery of el faro. It was like finding a basketball, three miles under the surface of the ocean, says the head of the ntsb. This is it, that data recorder. Now, they have to recover its data and the voices possibly of the crew who were on the deck of the cargo ship, which sailed into a hurricane and sank back in October. The first mission to the sea floor found only parts of this cargo ship, but not that all-important data recorder, until early this morning. All 33 on the ship sailing from Florida to Puerto Rico were lost. Now, the ntsb could know by tomorrow whether or not the equipment on-site north of the Bahamas tonight can actually recover this data recorder. David? And you'll stay on it. David Kerley, thank you tonight.

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