Egyptian investigators see no human errorin Flash airlines crash

13th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

CAIRO, Oct 13 (AFP) - Egyptian investigators said Wednesday black box readings yielded no evidence that the January crash of a Flash Airlines aircraft that left 148 dead was the result of crew negligence.

     

CAIRO, Oct 13 (AFP) - Egyptian investigators said Wednesday black box readings yielded no evidence that the January crash of a Flash Airlines aircraft that left 148 dead was the result of crew negligence.  

"I did not see any performance problem with the crew so far," chief investigator Shaker Kelada told reporters here. "They were not doing something they should not be doing, nor did they neglect something they should have been doing."  

His comment followed a report in French daily Le Figaro last month alleging that cockpit recordings revealed the crew did not follow proper procedure before their doomed take-off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on January 3.  

Kelada refused to specify whether the black box readings and recent testing in the United States had revealed a technical failure on the Boeing 737, which was carrying the victims, including 135 French tourists.  

He said the initial phase of the investigation would be completed with the publication on November 11 of a factual report.  

The document will be the only analytical basis for the French, US and Egyptian parties involved in the investigation aimed at determining the cause of the crash, Kelada explained.  

A final report is expected by the end of June 2005.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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