>>>It was on the news tonight, apparently it was pilot error.
I'm sure glad the expert accident investigators in the media have cleared that up for us...
I saw the following blurb elsewhere, and I think it was dated Jan 20th. After reading it, I think what the media was probably -trying- to say was that the accident appears NOT to have been terrorism-related, and is instead more of the "traditionally-caused" accident, and the media probably assumed (incorrectly) that automatically meant pilot error. Once the CVR and FDR are read over the next couple of day, I expect that you'll hear more detailed info, so stay tuned.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Flight recorders recovered from an Egyptian airliner which crashed into the Red Sea this month showed that the plane was not attacked, the head of the investigation says.
But the cockpit voice recorder, which contains 30 minutes of conversation, was noisy and it was not clear from the initial analysis what went wrong with the Boeing 737, which was carrying 148 people including 133 French tourists. All were killed.
"The first thing we looked at was there any possibility of any explosion and we have a total negative possibility and that's why we can say, we can definitely confirm, there is no terrorist act," investigator Shaker Qilada told Reuters on Tuesday.
"What I can tell you is that we don't have an indication from the voice recorder of any defect yet," he added.
Qilada told a news conference that the crash was definitely the result of "a technical fault", a term which he said could include mechanical problems and pilot error.
"So this is what I call a classic accident. It is not an accident out of the normal. We will investigate the machine and the human being," he added.
[Edited 2004-01-22 01:34:03]
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