- (Statement of Walid Batouty, nephew of Gameel El-Batouty,
co-pilot on flight 990)
- "On October 31st 1999, Egypt Air Flight 990 bound
for Cairo mysteriously, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles
south of the island of Nantucket,Massachusetts, killing all 217 people
- The Boeing 767-300ER exploded at 11,000 feet after 40
minutes of its take-off from Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Controversy surrounds the crash to this day, but here is an interesting
"series of events or "coincidences, according to crash investigators:
- 1. There were 34 generals
of different ranks from the Egyptian Armed Forces on board the plane. Among
them was a general who has a Doctorate in atomic sciences, and more than
20 pilots who successfully completed training in operating Apache helicopters
that had been recently sold to Egypt. Also on board were other generals
who successfully completed training in launching the famous American Patriot
missiles. The training of all those generals lasted 3 years and cost Egypt
$3 billion, which Egypt paid in full.
- 2. Israel had vehemently
denounced the training program of those generals upon their arrival in
the US 3 years before, calling the training program "a threat to Israel,s
- 3. Israel started a campaign
accusing Egypt of seeking to modernize its armed forces, and of possessing
missiles that threaten the security of Israel, especially so because the
army generals who came to train in the US would be exposed to the secrets
of the joint American-Israeli missiles and jet fighters technology.
- 4. Egyptian defense minister,
Muhammd Hassan Tantawi, announced the previous October that war with Israel
was not ruled out. He also announced that Egypt therefore is continuously
building its armed forces to be in a state of readiness.
- 5. One day before the tragedy,
the American authorities provided hotel accommodation in a 3-star hotel
for the airplane crew, which constitutes a violation of the simplest norms
of international aviation, where the crew is accommodated in the airport
hotel or in a 5-star hotel.
- 6. On the same day, a crew
of pilots and flight attendants of Israel,s airline (El Al) checked in
the same hotel with a general form the Israeli Intelligence (Mossad) who
was in charge of the crew,s luggage and personal belongings.
- 7. Just a few hours prior
to the incident, one of the Egypt Air flight crew complained to the hotel
security that someone had sneaked into his room, because he noticed signs
of an attempt to open his suitcase by breaking the locks. But the hotel
security assured him of no foul play as long as nothing was missing.
- 8. The day of the incident,
Edward McLoughlin, an American Jew, who is a vice president of an American
civil agency was one of the passengers of Egypt flight form Los Angeles
to New York City in route to Cairo. But when the plane landed in New York
City, Mcglauglen refused to continue his journey to his final destination
(Cairo) for fear of possible "planting of a bomb by "one of the
passengers at its first stop (New York City).
- 9. On the day of the incident,
the American authorities opted to take the flight crew,s luggage from the
hotel through the halls to the plane itself. Meanwhile the Mossad general
opted to take the luggage of the crew of El Al flight to the Israeli plane
himself. But the luggage of the crews of both Egypt Air and El-Al ended
up being taken from the hotel to the airport in the same car that took
the Mossad general to the Israeli plane.
- 10. Prior to the Egypt Air
flight departure, the American authorities inspected the plane for 3 hours,
which is a very unusually long time in aviation norms. Also it has been
reported that airport security had not given similar attention to any other
plane that day.
- 11. 40 minutes after the
flight,s departurecontact with the plane was lost over the Edward American
naval base, which is known to have anti-aircraft missiles, some of which
are ready to be launched automatically by the mere sensing of an object
passing over at a certain elevation.
- 12. After the incident,3
eye witnesses testified to the investigators that they saw the plane on
fire as it was falling down. Fox News also has confirmed in its own investigation
of the incident that the pane had exploded in mid air before its fall according
to what was seen on the radar screens.
- 13. The American investigation
team reported that the plane fell from 33,000 feet to 19,000 feet in 40
seconds, which, according to aviation experts, "is a speed equal to
a free fall due to earth gravity,which makes it evident that the plane
has fallen down in pieces and not as one body. Because the body of the
plane is designed in a way that makes it impossible for the body of the
plane to descend at a speed in access of 7,000 feet per second. Aviation
experts also add that "even if the engines of the plane stopped working,
it would still have been possible to land the plane at the nearest airport.
- 14. 10 hours after the incident,
a member of the American investigation team announced that they had found
the "black box that records the secrets of the events in the "last
moments just before the plane,s fall. However, the next day, the American
official spokesman denied finding the "box and said that the investigation
team was still searching for it! If you you would like to know more just
write back to me and I,ll let you know, I,ll be going very soon to the
U.S.A to check on more of the story."
- Walid El Batouty
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- From Lee Merkel
- Saw the item on EgyptAir flight of Oct 1, 1999, which
- 13. The American investigation team reported that the
plane fell from 33,000 feet to 19,000 feet in 40 seconds, which, according
to aviation experts, "is a speed equal to a free fall due to earth
gravity,which makes it evident that the plane has fallen down in pieces
and not as one body. Because the body of the plane is designed in a way
that makes it impossible for the body of the plane to descend at a speed
in access of 7,000 feet per second. Aviation experts also add that "even
if the engines of the plane stopped working, it would still have been possible
to land the plane at the nearest airport.
- Presuming that "access" is actually "excess":
- (7000 ft/sec) / (5280 ft/mile) = 1.32 miles/sec 1.32
miles/sec x 3600 sec/hr = 4772 miles/hour No jetliner would be designed
with that kind of speed in mind under any circumstances. May as well say
it's designed to fall at less than the speed of light! :-)
- From David Coote
- There was a comment by a Lee Merkel regarding the descent
rate quoted in the article. He should recheck his math... i.e. 14,000'
in 40 seconds is closer to 238 mph (quite possible).
- 14,000 divided by 40 equals 350 (feet per second) times
3600 (seconds per hour) equals 1,260,000 (feet) divided by 5280 equals
238.63636 miles per hour. ...or put another way: 14,000' in 40 seconds
is 21,000' per minute...or 3.97 miles per minute (238 mph).
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