EgyptAir Flight Did Not Swerve – Egyptian Official
An Egyptian official insists the EgyptAir flight MS804 did not swerve and change direction before meeting its waterloo.
The head of Egypt’s state-run provider for air navigation services Mr Hab Azmy, explained that the plane had been flying at its normal height before dropping off radar.
This comes after recent reports by Greece’s Defence Minister that the plane turned 90 degrees left and then did a 360-degree turn toward going into the Mediterranean.
Azmy said that a radar reading had shown the plane was flying at its normal altitude of 37,000 feet (11,270 metres).
“That fact degrades what the Greeks are saying about the aircraft suddenly losing altitude before it vanished from radar.
“There was no turning to the right or left, and it was fine when it entered Egypt’s (flight information region), which took nearly a minute or two before it disappeared,” Azmy added.
Meanwhile, another senior Egyptian navigation services official, Ehab Mohieeldin, had said on Monday that Egyptian officials were able to track the plane on radar for one minute before it crashed but were unable to communicate with the crew.
The airbus A320 was enroute Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard when it disappeared last Thursday.