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FIREBALL: Doomed EgyptAir flight MS804 ablaze ‘just minutes’ before crash

  • Authorities feared flight MS804 was likely to have been the victim of a terrorist bomb attack when it went down
  • But experts, who sifted through new data yesterday, suggested an electronics fire may be a possible explanation
  • Theory makes terrorism seem ‘less likely’ as US authorities said their satellites detected no signs of an explosion
  • Information suggets fire filled flight deck before crash and smoke was detected underneath cockpit and in toilet

A devastating fire blazed across the flight deck of doomed EgyptAir flight MS804 minutes before the aircraft plunged into the Mediterranean, according to the latest theories to explain the disaster.

Authorities had feared the plane was likely to have been the victim of a terrorist bomb attack when it went down on Thursday, killing all 66 people on board.

But now a more complex picture is emerging as experts sifted through new data yesterday, making an electronics fire a possible explanation.

The new information made terrorism seem ‘less likely’, although it has still not been ruled out.

Last night, authorities released an audio recording of the final words to Swiss air traffic control of pilot Mohamed Said Shoukair, who signed off about an hour into the flight: ‘Thank you so much, good night.’

The audio indicates that all was routine as the plane checked in with air traffic controllers in Zurich, Switzerland, late Wednesday night, before being handed over to Italian air traffic controllers in Padua. The communication occurred around midnight local time, about two-and-a-half hours before Greek air traffic controllers in Athens lost contact.

The entirely unexceptional exchange suggests those on the plane had no notion at that time of what was to happen later.

Transmissions from the aircraft in the minutes



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