EgyptAir 990, A Pilot Crashed Plane On Purpose

On October 31, 1999, the Boeing 767 ER 366 EgyptAir 990 aircraft flew from New York City International Airport to Cairo in Egypt at 01.20am on schedule.

However, on the coast of Massachusetts, the plane sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 60 miles off the coast of Nantuket Island, Massachusetss at 01.50am about 30 minutes after departure.


All of the passengers, including the 217 pilots and crew, were all killed. Investigations into the plane crash were conducted by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) assisted by the FBI and US Coast Guard.

Passengers from North America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa are gaining international attention. The NTSB found footage of conversations in the cockpit and other information gathered from the wreckage.

Among the 990 Flight Cockpit crews were Commander Ahmed Ahmed Hab Haby, captain Gamil El Batouty, captain Raouf Noureddin and captain Adel Anwar. The footage contains conversations of pilots planning to take control of the aircraft.

Because the scheduled flight time is 10 hours, the flight requires two complete flight crews. One is an active crew and another is a cruise crew (sometimes referred to as the "release crew" for the purpose of taking over a long flight).

El Habashy was in charge of the first flight while Batouty was taking a break. Then they will change control of the aircraft. But 20 minutes after departure, Batouty told El Habashy that he did not want to sleep. He also wants to control the first flight.

After agreeing, Habashy finally agreed to give the aircraft a run by Batouty. Habashy then went to the toilet after the plane was turned over to Batouty to handle it.

In the recording, Batouty often says, tawakkaltu 'ala Allah "توكلت على الله (I surrender to Allah) a few minutes after he took control of the aircraft. The autopilot was turned off. Seven times Batouty said," I surrender to God, "until Captain El Habashy came from the toilet in panic and asked, "What happened?" twice.

Then, with every effort, El Habashy tried to lift the plane while the Co-pilot kept control of the aircraft to go down. The CVR and FDR eventually stopped recording and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

According to a voice expert in the investigation of this case, the voice of the Captain sounded harsh, but Batouty's voice showed no pressure and it sounded very relaxed. The plane eventually collapsed at high speed.

According to the NTSB, the plane collapsed as a result of Gamal Al-Batouti's replacement copilot who deliberately manipulated the control of the plane until it crashed into the Atlantic.

However, according to Egyptian aviation authorities, the crash was caused by a malfunctioning of the 767 tail steering system. The result of different investigations from the two countries has led to debate over the cause of the crash.

Sources also say that Al-Batouti had problems with his behavior that often seduced the hotel waitress where he and his fellow EgyptAir pilots stayed. This led to him being frequently reprimanded by his superiors.

When he learned that his superiors had reprimanded him on the flight, he had intended to kill him by dropping the plane into the sea. However, Egyptian aviation authorities have denied it

A UK source, the Sunday Times, quoted a source as speculating that Al-Batouti suffered war trauma as many of his squadron in the Egyptian Air Force were killed in the 1973 war.

To date, the Egyptair flight 990 has remained a mystery without strong evidence of Batouty's behavior or that the plane was in trouble.

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