CAIRO: An Egyptian aviation committee, tasked with investigating the MS804 passenger airliner crash said that “it is far too soon to make a judgment over the reason that caused the crash.”
In its first progress report issued Saturday, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said that it is currently assessing materials and information from aircraft and crew documents, air traffic control and other data management systems, including the Aircraft Maintenance and Analysis (AIRMAN) and the Aircraft Communications And Reporting Systems (ACARS) which download maintenance and fault data to an airline operator.
The committee members are accompanying the Egyptian navy which is currently conducting the search operation in the Mediterranean, according to the statement.
“The investigation process involves multiple technical specialists, representing many parties, multiple national agencies, and international governments,” said the statement.
Ayman al-Moqadem, the head of Egypt’s Air Accidents Investigation department, said the report “will be published in one month … and will include all the information gathered by the date of its publication,” according to Al Ahram.
Spokesperson for France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for civil aviation safety (BEA) said on Saturday that the ill-fated EgyptAir plane sent a burst of error messages indicating that smoke had been detected on board before crashing into the Mediterranean, according to Reuters.
However, the Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Saturday it was not able to confirm the BEA statement.
On Saturday, the Egyptian military posted the first photos from search operations of what it said was debris from the missing plane and some the passengers’ belongings.
On Thursday early morning, EgyptAir announced its flight number MS804, with 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, had disappeared from radar en route from Paris to Cairo.