Egyptair crash killed 66 people believed to have been caused by pilot cigarette fire: Report

Egyptair’s flight, which crashed in 2016 during a trip from Paris to Cairo, was reportedly caused by a pilot smoking a cigarette in the cockpit and igniting it.

Egyptair’s MH804 flight disappeared from the radar on May 19, 2016, with 66 passengers and crew on board, all dead. The remains of the Airbus A320 were found about a month later near Karpathos Island, about 220 miles southeast of Athens.

Confidential 134-page report, Browse exclusively Italian news agency Corriere della Serra has concluded that pilot Mohammed Said Alishokaia lit a cigarette during the flight. This was not banned by airlines at the time. Oxygen leaking from the co-pilot’s mask ignited. Triggered “by sparks or flames”.

A French aviation expert said that when a maintenance worker replaced the valve and set it to “emergency mode” three days ago, one of the oxygen masks leaked after the valve was misplaced and the cigarette was smoked. I found that it ignited. The Airbus manual states that “an oxygen leak may occur” if the mask is in this position.

Meanwhile, another factor supporting the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Bureau (BEA) investigation is that the ashtray in the cockpit of the aircraft has been reported to be overused and needs to be replaced two months before the crash. It was there.

Two black boxes were recovered from the wreckage of an Airbus A320 and sent to BEA for inspection. Six years later, the details that may have caused the crash are now available.

The latest findings are based on black-box audio data that pilots and co-pilots describe as “tired from this night’s flight and lack of sleep.” However, according to the report, experts found that the break times of both pilots were respected.

According to a report conducted by BEA in 2018, analysis of black box data revealed that the plane went down due to a fire on the plane.

Egyptian aviation officials initially stated that terrorism was the cause of the incident and claimed to have recovered traces of explosives from the wreckage of flight victims. To date, they have refused to issue a report on the case and refused to cooperate with the French authorities.

Paris has eliminated terrorism, and the French aviation safety agency said it sent an automatic message indicating smoke and flight control failure in the aircraft minutes before the aircraft lost contact.

Shortly before the plane began to sink, seven “dispatch” messages were also sent by the ACARS system in two seconds. This also showed that smoke was present on the aircraft.

The latest findings were sent to the Paris Court of Appeals a month ago. The Paris Court of Appeals is investigating a fatal plane crash on manslaughter because 15 French citizens were on board the plane.

from NTD News

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