Attempt was made to Extinguish EgyptAir Fire


By MarEx 2016-07-05 17:50:35

Audio from the flight deck voice recorder of EgyptAir MS804 indicates an attempt to put out a fire on board the jet before it crashed into the Mediterranean.

The Airbus A320 plunged into the eastern Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19. All 66 people on board were killed. 

The pilots made no distress call, and no militant group has claimed responsibility. The plane made a 90-degree turn to the left followed by a 360-degree turn to the right before vanishing. Wreckage was subsequently found in several locations at a depth of about 3,000m (9,800ft).

Earlier analysis of the plane's flight data recorder showed there had been smoke in the lavatory and avionics bay while recovered wreckage from the jet's front section showed signs of high temperature damage and soot.

The flight deck recorder, taken to Cairo this week after being repaired at laboratories belonging to France's BEA aircraft accident agency, further indicate that a fire took hold of the plane in its final moments, the sources said.

The recordings usually capture pilot conversations and any cockpit alarms, as well as clues such as engine noise. Authorities haven't released a transcript or revealed details about what can be heard in the recording. 

Investigators are to conduct further analysis on the voices contained in the recordings and have not yet ruled out any possibilities about caused the crash. Catastrophic fires on passenger planes are considered very rare.

Debris from the jet was brought to Cairo airport last week, where investigators will try to reassemble part of the frame to help establish what might have caused the disaster.