EgyptAir Flight 804 Update: First Images Of Wreckage, Audio From Pilot, Smoke Detected Before Crash Points To Bomb Or Fire
The Egyptian Armed Forces posted these photos of debris from the doomed EgyptAir Flight 804 crash on their Facebook. “Egyptian military and marine forces have discovered more debris, passengers’ belongings, body parts, luggage, and aircraft seats,” EgyptAir officials said.
Search crews claim they have found the black boxes and data recorders from the plane, but no official announcement has been made.
Satellite discovered an oil slick believed to be from the EgyptAir airplane, that was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members from Paris to Cairo.
Smoke was detected in multiple locations inside the Airbus A320 plane minutes before it plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea. The plane’s automatic detection system sent radio messages about smoke in the front portion of the cabin in the minutes before controllers lost contact with the aircraft. The airplane’s critical systems reported a rapid series of alarms indicating smoke in a lavatory and a breakdown of the flight control system. Over the span of three minutes, seven emergency alerts were reported by the Airbus’s Aircraft Communications and Reporting System (ACARS) before all communications from the plane ceased. A minute later, Greek air traffic control tried to contact the plane’s pilots but they did not respond. Of most mysterious and suspicious is smoke in the bathroom near the cockpit and problems with windows in the cockpit. If there was a fire, pilots should have had enough time to radio for help.
Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathy said terrorism was more likely to blame for the disaster than a technical failure.
None of the passengers or crew members aboard the flight were on a terrorist watch list.
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the disaster.
French investigators were interviewing all ground staff at Charles de Gaulle Airport who had either a direct or an indirect link to the flight.
Here is the first audio from the pilot of EgyptAir Flight 804, but this is not the final communication from the pilot.
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