May 19, 2016: (c) Leeham Co.: Investigators will look into many areas of interest, all a
matter of routine, into the disappearance and crash of Egyptair 804.
According to media reports, debris and bodies have been found in the Mediterranean Sea. The Airbus A320 disappeared on a flight from Paris to Cairo. There have been several media reports of in-flight fire observed in the sky and maneuvers of the aircraft. Russian officials and others say terrorism is likely.
LNC urges caution in drawing conclusions, however.
The following are areas of investigation:
Terrorism: Of course, this will probably be the top consideration, especially considering several months ago a Russia airliner departing from Egypt was brought down by a bomb shortly after take off. Recovery of debris and passengers will be examined for signs of explosive devices. It is very rare that an airplane at cruising altitude of 37,000 ft has a…
Catastrophic event: a mechanical emergency isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Other sabotage: Given the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the possibility of pilot sabotage will probably be considered as well.
Crew and Passenger history: It’s normal to look into the history of the crew and passengers for anything out of the ordinary. Pilot background and flight history is also a normal area of investigation.
Aircraft history: The maintenance history of the aircraft and engines is also normal areas of investigation.
Weather: Again, routine.
Other factors: Proximity of other aircraft that could have collided with MS804, missiles and any other possibilities are normal areas of inquiry.
The black boxes: Recover of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders will be important and can contain evidence that will unravel the mystery.