990 Flight Attendant:
'Something Wrong
With The Plane'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are trying to sort out unresolved matters involving the crew of doomed EgyptAir Flight 990 but nothing yet indicates anything amiss, the top criminal investigator on the case said on Friday.
``Not everything has been resolved yet,'' FBI Assistant Director Lewis Schiliro said on the ABC program ``Good Morning America.'' ``There are certainly leads outstanding on that issue.... But as we speak here now, there is nothing to indicate there was anything amiss with the crew.''
He did not describe what unresolved matters involving the crew might be.
Schiliro said he was not familiar with a report that a flight attendant had called his wife from New York to voice fears just before he boarded the Cairo-bound plane that crashed on Oct. 31 about 60 miles (100 km) off the Massachusetts coast.
The Boston Herald newspaper, citing sources described as close to the investigation, reported on Friday that a flight attendant identified as Hassan Sherif, 26, called his wife Rania to say ``there was something wrong with the plane'' and that he was ``very worried.''
The newspaper said federal investigators were pursuing leads suggesting the disaster in which 217 people died ``was not an accident.''
Schiliro said investigators did not yet have any evidence that pointed toward a crime, based on the preliminary findings of the National Transportation Safety Board. The FBI is a leading a parallel investigation into any possible criminal act that may have caused the crash.
Schiliro said several phone calls claiming responsibility for downing the Boeing 767 (NYSE:BA - news) had been received. Each claim was being investigated, he said but added, ``at this point, none of (them), we're determining to be credible.''
Initial analysis of the plane's flight data recorder retrieved on Tuesday showed the aircraft entered a steep but seemingly controlled descent before plunging into the sea.
Navy vessels were to resume their search for the cockpit voice recorder on Friday, when weather in the region was expected to improve.
Investigators hope a tape of conversation in the cockpit in the minutes before the plane's deadly dive could offer a clue into what caused the crash.