~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~EgyptAir crash: 'Plane did not change direction,' says senior Egyptian official
The Telegraph, le 24 Mai 2016
Titre et inter-titres E Gaillot pour €calypse News, le 24 Mai 2016
An EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last week did not descend sharply or change direction before it disappeared from radar, according to a senior Egyptian aviation official.
Flight MS 804 was flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard when it vanished on Thursday.
The Greek defence minister said the Airbus A320 turned 90 degrees to the left before a 360-degree turn towards the right.
And reports surfaced this week that the pilot descended rapidly in an effort to extinguish a fire.
However, the head of Egypt's state-run provider of air navigation services, Ehab Azmy told The Associated Press on Monday that the plane did not swerve or lose altitude before it disappeared off radar.
Mr Azmy, head of the National Air Navigation Services Company, said that in the minutes before the plane disappeared it was flying at its normal altitude of 37,000 feet, according to the radar reading.
"That fact degrades what the Greeks are saying about the aircraft suddenly losing altitude before it vanished from radar," he added. "There was no turning to the right or left, and it was fine when it entered Egypt's FIR (flight information region), which took nearly a minute or two before it disappeared.”
According to Greece's defence minister, Panos Kammenos, the plane swerved wildly and dropped to 10,000 feet before it fell off radar.
Greek civil aviation authorities said all appeared fine with the flight until air traffic controllers were to hand it over to their Egyptian counterparts.
The pilot did not respond to their calls, and then the plane vanished from radars.
It was not immediately possible to explain the discrepancy between the Greek and Egyptian accounts of the air disaster.
Meanwhile a French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the plane's black boxes and other wreckage on Monday.