Egypt opposes U.S. allegations on EgyptAir crash
Egypt, Local, 6/16/2001
Captain Mohsen Al-Meseiry, Chief of the Egyptian Investigation Committee on the crash of EgyptAir plane off the U.S. coasts, will deliver the Egyptian reply to the draft-report of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the accident.
Al-Meseiry will meet with the Chairman of the NTSB immediately after his arrival to Washington.
The Egyptian reply to the U.S. report contains strong replies to the U.S. allegations that blame Capt. Gamil Al-Battouti for the tragic accident that occurred on 31 October 1999 and resulted in the death of all passengers and crew members on board.
The Egyptian report refutes the U.S. theory on the causes of the crash. The report proved that Al-Battouti is not to blame for the accident according to confirmed facts that were disregarded by the NTSB.
A well-informed source told Al-Wafd that the U.S. report has deleted the word "Suicide" of the pilot, and replaced it with the expression that "the accident resulted from erroneous decisions taken by the pilot in command."
The U.S. report stressed on the character of the co-pilot Capt. Al-Battouti, and claimed that he was imbalanced. The report also cited an incident which he committed in a European hotel to prove that he has an imbalanced character.
The NTSB report consists of 166 pages, and dealt with the Egyptian accusation regarding the technical defects of the plane.
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