Thursday, October 31, 2013

FAA History Lesson -- October 31, 1999

From the Update to FAA Historical Chronology 1997-2012 (A .pdf file)

"Egypt Air Flight 900 crashed and killed all 217 onboard. The voice and data recorders from the aircraft revealed that, just before the tragedy, one of the pilots, apparently alone in the cockpit, turned off the autopilot and then uttered a short prayer. The cockpit voice recorder tape also contained sounds similar to a door opening and closing more than once, sources said. This evidence led investigators to question whether one of the pilots left the cockpit, which would have given the other pilot the opportunity to take some action that could have led to the crash. (See March 21, 2002.) "

In that the entry leaves you kind of hanging as to the outcome of the investigation, here's the Wikipedia entry on it.

Don Brown
October 31, 2013

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