Here is my translation:
Bâle/Héraklion (AP) a MD83 of Crossair connecting Cairo in Basle was constrained to land in Héraklion on the island of Crete in the night of Saturday to Sunday. The employees of the Egyptian airport left a door of the baggage compartment opened, according to the company. Under these conditions, the cabin could not be pressurized. Nobody was wounded, but the plane lost luggage in flight.
Matthias Schmid, person in charge of the security at Crossair, explained that the pilot of the MD83 had noted, before takeoff, that a baggage compatement door was not closed. He asked for twice to the ground staff to carry out checks. He finally took off, thinking that the indicator lamp did not function correctly. The pilot then realized that the cabin could not be pressurized. Because of the significant weight of the plane, there was no question of landing in Cairo. The plane thus continued its flight at low altitude (to the maximum 3.000 meters) above the Mediterranean. According to Mr. Schmid, the 150 passengers did not notice anything before the landing with Héraklion.
It is only after the landing in Crete which one noted that the plane had lost luggage. Moreover, the coating of the plane was damaged. The passengers and the six members of the crew were never endangered, according to Crossair. The travellers arrived at the airport of Basle-Mulhouse Sunday at 14.00 hours with another flight. Since the fall of Saab 340 on 10 last January close to Zurich, several planes of Crossair, subsidiary of SAirGroup, had to land in an unforeseen way. March 1, Jumbolino connecting London in Zurich for example was constrained to be landed because of a problem of oil pressure.
The causes of the accident of Saab 340, which killed 10 died, were not elucidated yet. The federal Office of investigations into the flight accidents will make a report next Tuesday, confirmed Sunday Hugo Schittenhelm, spokesman of the federal Department of transport (DETEC). It does not contain indications concerning the causes of the crash, but of the details on the course of the flight.
An yes I do speak French. I lived in France.
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004