Sunday, September 25, 2016

EgyptAir MS804 Inquiry Contradictory? Pilot Made Distress Call for Several Minutes

EgyptAir MS804 Inquiry Contradictory? Pilot Made Distress Call for Several Minutes


The pilot, who was in charge of the safety of the passengers boarded on EgyptAir flight MS804, made a distress call to the control room, claims revealed on Sunday.

Pilot Mohammed Said Shoulkair had a conversation with air traffic controllers in Cairo for “several minutes” before the Airbus A320 crashed. It was previously reported that the pilot lost all radio contact before the flight en route from Paris to Cairo crashed somewhere close to the Mediterranean Sea. The plane had 66 people on board, composed of 56 passengers and 10 crew members. The passengers’ relatives gathered together to mourn the loss of their loved ones when the reports made such claims.

According to the Daily Mail, the pilot called the Cairo control room as he was worried about smoke inside the plane and said that he would be making an emergency landing. A French TV channel, M6, reported that the pilot made some quick measures to put the fire out of the plane and clear the smoke. He conducted a “rapid descent,” which involved a sudden dramatic change in cabin air pressure and was considered a dangerous process.

Prior to the report of the crash, the plane went missing and an EgyptAir spokesman claimed there was distress call made by the pilot to the air traffic control room in Cairo. However, the statement was dismissed by the Egyptian military and the airline itself. French air accident investigation agency BEA sent three investigators to Cairo to take part in the investigation process. No confirmation or comment has been made by authorities on the M6 story.

According to the NY Post, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi confirmed on Sunday that the investigation will take some time to discover the exact cause of the crash. “This is not one scenario that we can exclusively subscribe to … all scenarios are possible,” he told on Egyptian TV on Sunday.

On the other hand, Greek Defence Minister Pano Kammenos claimed the plane dropped suddenly from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet and started making “sudden swerves.”

  • gofoxgo

    A fire on board would also explain the pilot’s descending to 15,000 feet and then making two sweeping turns. Reminds me of Swiss Air flight 111, which crashed near Nova Scotia in about 1998. That flight was brought down by an electrical fire in the bulkhead and also made low elevation sweeping turns, right then left, as I recall, before crashing into the sea.

  • gofoxgo

    Something else to look into: I have heard the plane was switched out last minute in Paris, from a B737 to the A320, thus making planting a bomb on board less likely. Also, How long had the A320 been sitting unused in Paris? Could rodents have gotten into the main computer under the bridge? Have there been any recent reports of rodents getting onto planes at the Paris airport? Also, the fire/crash was certainly not caused by a coke-can altitude triggered bomb, because the plane had already reached 37,000 feet without incident, unlike the Sharm El Sheik bombing last year.