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Cigarette smoke responsible for EgyptAir MS804 crash: report

66 people died in a 2016 crash, which Egyptian authorities initially attributed to terrorism.

The 2016 crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo, which Egyptian authorities initially described as an act of terrorism, was caused by a pilot smoking a cigarette, an investigation has found.

The jet disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea between the coast of Crete and northern Egypt on May 19, 2016, carrying 66 passengers and crew, all of whom were killed. It took a month to locate the wreckage.

Egyptian investigators initially said they found traces of explosives in the remains of the victims of the flight. The Prosecutor General of Cairo immediately ordered a state security investigation, but its findings were never made public.

A 134-page confidential investigation document compiled by French experts and sent to the Paris Court of Appeal now points to pilots smoking cigarettes as the cause of the crash.

The co-pilot’s oxygen mask was left in “emergency” mode instead of “normal” by a maintenance engineer, according to reports obtained by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The cigarette caused the oxygen to ignite, triggering a spark that started the fire. The report said that shortly before the disappearance, the aircraft’s identification system gave a smoke warning in front of the aircraft.

The ACARS system, which transmits short messages between aircraft and ground stations, sent seven dispatches in two seconds, including a failure warning of a computer system critical to its flight maneuvering mechanisms.

The report said that neither the pilot, Mohd. Saeed Ali Shokair, nor the co-pilot, Mohd. Ahmad Mamdouh Asem, sought assistance.

At the time of the accident, authorities were on maximum alert following terrorist attacks at the Bataclan concert halls in Paris and Brussels.

Because of terrorism claims, the Egyptian authorities did not release their findings and did not submit a report within a year, as prescribed by international law.

France’s Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis (BEA) for civil aviation security analyzed the plane’s black box, but intergovernmental agreements are preventing French officials – who are not officially in charge of the investigation – from revealing any information. by doing.

According to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO), the country in charge of the investigation must make a report publicly within 12 months of the incident. If unable to do so, it shall publish a provisional report on each anniversary of the incident.

Egyptian authorities never released their findings, while French officials have been unable to disclose any information, despite the fact that 15 French citizens were killed in the crash.

A source close to the French investigation was quoted by the media in May 2017 as saying that no trace of explosives was found on the remains of French victims on board the plane.

In a rare public statement, the BEA said in July 2018 that “the most likely cause was the cockpit fire during cruising and spread rapidly, causing the aircraft to lose control.”

However, it said that “any difference in opinion established by international regulations required a final report of the incident to be able to be presented to the Egyptian authorities”.

The families of the victims have long demanded to know the answers to their many questions. “Six years later, we still want to know the truth and are caught between a feeling of exhaustion because things are not progressing the way they should be,” said Julie Heslauin, who lost both her brother and father in the accident. Dia, told Corriere della Sera.

“We want to know why we lost our loved ones, and we don’t know that to this day.”

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