Red Sea crash charter plane crew'ignored take-off checklist'

28th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 28 (AFP) - The crew of an Egyptian airliner that crashed into the Red Sea in January, killing all 148 people on board, may not have followed proper take-off procedures, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported Tuesday.

PARIS, Sept 28 (AFP) - The crew of an Egyptian airliner that crashed into the Red Sea in January, killing all 148 people on board, may not have followed proper take-off procedures, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported Tuesday.  

The daily, which did not name its sources, said the cockpit recorder revealed that the pilot and co-pilot did not read through any checklists before their doomed take-off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on January 3.  

"We now know that the recurring defect in the 737's rudder is no longer in question. Boeing can be reassured. The experts are more than ever looking into the conversation between the two pilots and their work habits," the paper said.  

"Even if the cockpit recorder was sometimes faulty, all the checklists could not have been erased," Le Figaro noted.  

Egyptian investigators, who have ruled out an attack on the Flash Airlines jet and attributed the crash to human error, were due to deliver their final report to their French counterparts on November 15.  

Most of the crash victims were French tourists. Marc Chernet, president of an association of the victims' families, was due to meet with junior French foreign minister Renaud Muselier on Tuesday for an update on the probe.  

Le Figaro suggested that the compensators controlling the steering may not have been set to the neutral position before take-off, causing the plane to bank sharply to one side.  

"Bank angle", the co-pilot cried three times before the crash, the paper reported, saying the pilot did not respond.

 

© AFP

 

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