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Egyptians to show cause of Egypt Air crash may be mechanical.


CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian investigators into the 1999 crash of an EgyptAir flight hope to promote a theory that a mechanical fault caused the accident by linking it to a report on an apparently similar incident, an EgyptAir official said on Tuesday.

The official, who asked not to be named, said investigators would use a Boeing report to try to demonstrate that possible technical problems in the tail panel of a Boeing 767-300 flight last month may have also led to the crash of the EgyptAir 767-300 in October, 1999.

Last month, the U.S. National Transport Safety Board (NTSB (news - web sites)) said an American Airlines Boeing 767-300 experienced difficulty in controlling its pitch, or up or down movement of its nose, while approaching Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris.

The NTSB said the American Airlines plane was descending at an altitude of about 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) when crew members noticed that the elevator panels on its tail -- movable components that control pitch -- did not work when they were supposed to.

Initial examination of the tail components, including power control units, revealed no problems, according to the NTSB.

As part of its investigation into the crash of the EgyptAir 767-300, the board has studied the performance of the plane's elevator mechanism.

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), April 17, 2001


Maybe they can get Bush to say that he's
very sorry the government tried to blame
the crash on the pilot ::::-

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), April 18, 2001.

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