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    ATW Online; Thursday June 30, 2016
    EgyptAir MS804 data shows evidence of onboard fire
    Initial evidence gleaned from the flight data recorder (FDR) of Egyptair flight MS804 indicates the Airbus A320 experienced smoke in two separate locations on the aircraft prior to its crash into the Mediterranean Sea.

    The Egyptian investigating committee said that, following the successful cleaning and repair of the FDR in France, it has successfully downloaded the data and is now decoding and validating some 1,200 parameters. The committee added that the recovered data covered the entire flight from takeoff at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport to the point at 37,000 ft. over the Mediterranean “where the accident occurred.”

    The EgyptAir A320 was en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo May 19 with 66 people on board when it lost radar contact and crashed.

    Work is now underway on the next phase of reading and analyzing the data.

    There have been reports for some weeks that messages sent by the aircraft’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which sends data on any faults or deviations from the norm to an airline’s home base, indicated the presence of smoke in both a an avionics bay under the flight deck and a lavatory.

    “Recorded data is showing a consistency with ACARS messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke,” the committee said in a statement, adding: “Some recovered wreckage parts of the front section of the aircraft showed signs of high temperature damage and soot.”

    Work is now underway to identify the source and cause of those indications.


    A recovery operation is continuing to retrieve the aircraft wreckage, which lies around 3,000 feet down in the Mediterranean. Recovery of human remains at the site will also continue until all are retrieved, it said.

    The investigating committee said work is continuing at France’s BEA crash investigation bureau to repair the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder.

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    ATW Online; Thursday December 15, 2016
    EgyptAir crash: Ministry says explosives traces found
    Egypt is launching a criminal investigation into the crash of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 after stating that traces of explosives have been found on some of the bodies of those onboard.

    EgyptAir flight MS804 was en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo May 19 with 66 people on board when it lost radar contact and crashed. Everyone was killed.

    Fire was mentioned on the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the EgyptAir A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean, but why or where the fire occurred is still not known and no emergency call was made. Initial evidence gleaned from the flight data recorder (FDR) indicated the A320 experienced smoke in two separate locations on the aircraft before crashing into the sea.

    In a Dec. 15 statement, Egypt’s civil aviation authority said only that the discovery of traces of explosives would lead to a criminal investigation.

    If the crash is ultimately found to have been caused by an act of terrorism, it would be particularly worrisome because the flight began in Paris, where security is on high alert. However, no group has claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft and the investigation continues.

    There was no statement from EgyptAir.

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    ATW Online; Monday, 08 May, 2017
    Reports: French investigators suspect fire caused EgyptAir crash
    French crash investigators probing the crash of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 over the Mediterranean Sea in May 2016 have reportedly found no trace of explosives on the bodies of the victims, according to accounts in the French media.

    The A320, operating as MS804, disappeared over the Mediterranean about 0230 local time on May 19, 280 km (174 miles) from the Egyptian coast. It was near the end of a scheduled flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo and carried 56 passengers, seven crew and three airline security personnel on board.

    Greek air traffic controllers, who were unable to contact the aircraft for a handover to Egyptian controllers, said the aircraft disappeared at the boundary between Greek and Egyptian airspace. Radar tracking from Egyptian sites showed that the aircraft continued on course until 0237, when it turned left 90 degrees then right 360 degrees as its altitude dropped from 37,000 ft. to 15,000 ft. Radar coverage was lost as the aircraft continued descending down through 10,000 ft.

    French air accident investigation agency BEA has been assisting Egyptian authorities on the A320 crash between Crete and the Egyptian coast; all 66 passengers and crew on board the flight, nearing the end of its flight from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport to Cairo, died.

    France was on a public holiday May 8 and nobody was available at BEA to comment on the reports; EgyptAir did not respond to inquiries. Egyptian authorities have previously said they believe a bomb caused the crash.

    According to the new media reports, which cited an unnamed source close to the investigation, no evidence of explosive residues has been found on the remains of the 15 French nationals on board the flight.

    France has for some time leaned toward the theory of a fire breaking out on board the aircraft. Initial evidence gleaned from messages sent by the A320’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which sends data on any faults or deviations from the norm to an airline’s home base, indicated the presence of smoke in both an avionics bay under the flight deck and a lavatory.

    One theory being examined by investigators, according to the latest reports, is that a tablet computer may have burst into flames on, or near, the flight deck.


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