7NewsYahoo: Pilots claim 'windows on one side of EgyptAir flight were blown out'
Pilots claim 'windows on one side of EgyptAir flight were blown out'
[The timeline indicates that the incident occurred just as the changeover was supposed to happen from Greek air traffic control to Egypt ATC ...similar to MH370.]
"This is 0-7-2-5 Padova control. (Unintelligible) 8-0-4. Thank you so much. Good day er good night."
Supposed last communication from pilot.
But just as with the Malaysian plane, this isn't how communications end, at least not here in the US. As soon as one signs off with one controller, an immediate attempt is made to contact the next controller in line. But this appears not to have occurred with this plane or the Malaysian plane.
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The pilot of the doomed EgyptAir flight spoke to air traffic control in Egypt for several minutes just before the plane crashed, a French television station has claimed.
M6 said that the pilot told Cairo control about the smoke which had engulfed parts of the aircraft and decided to make an emergency descent to try to clear the fumes.
M6’s story, quoting unnamed French aviation officials, was not confirmed by the French air accident investigation agency, the BEA.
No such information had been passed by the Egyptian authorities to three BEA investigators who had flow to Cairo to take part in the official inquiry, the agency said.
M6 said that the pilot of the Egyptair A320 had "a conversation several minutes long" with Cairo air traffic control after the plane ran into difficulties in the early hours of Thursday morning.
As a result of the conversation, the pilot decided to make an “emergency descent”, depressurising the cabin, in an attempt to clear smoke fumes which had invaded the front of the aircraft.
Just after the Paris-Cairo flight vanished on Thursday, there were contradictory claims about distress calls or signals. An airline spokesman initially said that there had been a distress call from the airbus. This statement was denied by the Egyptian military and withdrawn by EgyptAir.
The claims follow reports of leaked flight data showing trouble in the cockpit and smoke in a plane lavatory just before the plane crashed.
[Is a rapid descent of 20,000 feet in two minutes SOP for clearing smoke?]