EgyptAir Flight Data Suggests'smoke Alert'Went Off Before Crash...
CAIRO: Flight data from
EgyptAir Flight MS804 showed smoke alerts went off inside the cabin before the
plane, with 66 people on board, plunged in the Mediterranean, according to
reports revealed Saturday.
Signals from the Aircraft Communications
Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) showed smoke was detected in the toilet
and the aircraft’s electrics before the plane crashed, according to the
Aviation Herald website, which tracks incidents in the aviation industry.
While the Aviation Herald site said the
information came from three independent channels, the report was not officially
confirmed. Reports of the smoke alerts came as search teams
continued to scour the area in the Mediterranean where EgyptAir Flight MS804 is
believed to have crashed early Thursday. Debris from the plane -- including human remains,
wreckage and personal belongings of the passengers – has been found around 190
miles (306 kilometres) north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria, according to
Egyptian authorities. However the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice
recorders – also known as “the black box” -- have not yet been retrieved. ‘It’s not black box information’ While the flight data and cockpit voice recorders
provide the best clues to the cause of a crash, the ACARS is merely a data link
for sending messages between planes and ground facilities. Experts have warned that the ACARS information has
not been verified as yet and that the system merely transmits short condition
updates. “It’s not black box information, it’s not verified
at the moment,” said aviation expert David Gleave in an interview , noting that
the smoke alerts “may be indicative of electrical problems on the airplane
causing these messages to be triggered.”—Agencies..