Press: Egypt to Receive Factual Report on EgyptAir Crash Soon
Egypt will receive a factual report on the investigation into last year's crash of an EgyptAir Boeing 767 in the second week of August, a transport ministry official was quoted as saying Saturday.
The report will not include conclusions on the causes of the crash which are expected to be released in a separate report three months later, the government papers Al-Ahram and Al-Gomhuriya reported.
The unnamed "official source" at the ministry said Egypt will publish the factual report as soon as it receives it, "to cut down the false speculation" on the reasons behind the crash which killed 217 people.
Egypt was angered by leaks from US investigators probing the disaster that suggested that an Egyptian co-pilot deliberately downed the plane in an act of suicide and mass murder in October last year.
Egyptian investigators have asked their US counterparts to look into the possibility of a failure of the power units, which drive the plane's elevators which they argue caused the plane to dive into the Atlantic.
The elevators pitch a plane up or down.
An Egyptian aviation official told AFP the Boeing 767 has no warning indicators to show if the elevators' power units, or actuators, have failed. "There is a design problem there," he said, on condition of anonymity.
He added that although there was low probability of more than one of the actuators failing simultaneously, the same had happened previously to a taxiing plane, pushing the nose down into "hard-over" which pilots could not rectify by forcing the controls.
Leaks from US investigators said evidence from one of the plane's black boxes showed there had been a struggle at the controls, which was used at the time to back up the suicide theory.
The Egyptian transport ministry official said 90 percent of the plane's wreckage had been recovered and that Egypt was footing half the 27 million dollar bill for raising the plane from the bottom of the ocean - CAIRO (AFP)
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