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The infamous Egypt Air Flight 804 was a chartered international passenger flight coming from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris going to Cairo International Airport in Egypt, which later crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, 20165 at around 2:33 Egypt Standard Time.
There was no mayday call that the air traffic control received, though signs that smoke has been seen in the lavatories and avionics bay of the aircraft were automatically transmitted through ACARS just prior to the disappearance of the aircraft from radar. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
The aircraft had 66 people onboard with seven staff, three security personnel, and 56 passengers. There were no survivors found. Just about 290 kilometers north of Alexandria in the Mediterranean Sea, debris from the aircraft was found. For almost four weeks after the accident, a number of main parts of the wreckage were recognized on the sea floor, and both of the flight recorders were found in a search and recovery operation by different countries. Egyptian officials announced on June 29 that the info recovered from the data recorders pointed out that the smoke from the aircraft and that the wreckage recovered exhibited “signs of high-temperature damage and soot”.
The aircraft that was involved in the tragic accident was an Airbus A320-232 with a registration of SU-GCC, MSN 2088. Its maiden flight was on July 25, 2003, and it was delivered on November 3, 20013 to Egypt Air.
The day of the accident was the fifth flight of the aircraft, having soared from Asmara International Airport, Eritrea, to Cairo; then from Cairo to Tunis–Carthage International Airport, Tunisia, and back. The aircraft’s last completed flight before the tragic accident was Flight MS803 going to Paris.
There were 56 passengers from 12 various countries aboard the aircraft. Three passengers were children, which included two infants. The number of passengers was initially mixed up due to the multiple citizenship statuses of some people onboard.
The aircraft staff consisted of two pilots, three security personnel, and five flight attendants. Egypt Air has released information regarding Captain Mohammed Shoqeir who had 6,275 hours of flying experience which includes 2,101 hours on the Airbus A320, while the first officer Mohamed Assem had 2,766 hours of flight experience.
First Black Box
According to a news article by Reuters,the aircraft was able to send a number of warnings that smoke was identified through ACARS.
The wreckage of the aircraft’s front portion that was recovered displayed signs of damage from extreme temperature and soot. The initial signs that fire was issuing from the aircraft aside from the maintenance messaged through smoke alarms in the lavatory and avionics area.
Second Black Box
The second black box, which is the voice recorder of the cockpit, is presently repaired in laboratories of the Bureau d’ Enquêtesetd’ Analyses (BEA), the aircraft accident investigation agency of France, where the data chips from the two recorders were sent to the laboratory after retrieval from the Mediterranean.
The investigation is assisted by BEA since the point of origin of the flight and Airbus is from France. Fifteen people killed in the crash were French.
Since the engine of the aircraft was built by a group led by a U.S. Company Pratt and Whitney, an investigator from the United States National Transport Safety Board was also involved.
If the recorder is still intact, it will reveal cockpit alarms and pilot conversation and other vital clues like engine noise.