Some Egyptian families of the EgyptAir crash victims have dropped their case against Boeing and have filed suits against the airline, The Associated Press (AP) reported, quoting the families’ lawyer as saying.
Atef Al Negmi was quoted by the agency as saying that the nine families are suing EgyptAir and the minister of transport not for compensation, but to obtain a copy of the final report of the National Transportation Safety Board. The report has not been published yet.
The Boeing 767 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket, Massachusetts, after leaving New York for Cairo on 31 October 1999.
The US official report into the crash of EgyptAir flight 990 concluded that there was no mechanical problem, claiming that Gameel Al Batouti, the plane's co-pilot, brought the plane down on purpose, said reports.
Al-Batouti was believed to be at the controls of the aircraft when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, on October 31, 1999. All 217 people on board the aircraft were killed.
A source close to the investigation has said that the National Transportation Safety Board's report does not use the word "suicide."
The source added that's because it is impossible to determine the motive of the pilot.
But the finding sparked outrage from Egyptian authorities, who insist the NTSB has not adequately examined flight control problems with the Boeing 767 – Albawaba.com
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