Smoke detected on board EgyptAir flight before disappearance

(From dpa)

Smoke was detected on board the EgyptAir flight that vanished over the Mediterranean, according to automated messages relayed to ground stations, news reports said.

A relative (C) of people on the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 is seen at the Cairo International Airport, Egypt, May 19, 2016. Photo: Xinhua/Ahmed Gomma

A relative (C) of passengers on the missing EgyptAir flight arrives at the Cairo International Airport

“There was a fire on board,” aviation expert Tim van Beveren told Deutsche Welle.

“The system sent very clear messages. There was lavatory smoke detected,” then a minute late, smoke in the avionics compartment, he said in the interview published Friday.

“We are looking into this report,” an unnamed Egyptian civil aviation ministry official was quoted as saying by the same report. “At this point, I can’t deny or confirm it.” Read More

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