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EgyptAir flight 'showed no technical problems on take-off'

'Electronic messages' indicated the plane's engines were functional Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last week did not show technical problems prior to take off in Paris, Egyptian investigation sources said on Tuesday.

66 people died in the crash including Richard Osman from Carmarthen.

Egypt's state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported that the aircraft showed no technical difficulties before taking off, citing an Aircraft Technical Log signed by its pilot. Al-Ahram published a scan of the technical log on its website.

The paper said EgyptAir flight transmitted 11 "electronic messages" on May 18 about three-and-a-half hours before disappearing from radar screens with 66 passengers and crew on board.

The first two messages indicated the engines were functional.

At 00.26GMT on May 19, the third message appeared and showed a rise in the temperature of the co-pilot's window.

The plane kept transmitting messages for the next three minutes before vanishing, Al-Ahram said.

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Smoke detected 'in multiple places' on EgyptAir plane

Smoke was detected in multiple places on the EgyptAir plane before it crashed, French investigators said.

Spokesman Sebastien Barthe said the plane's automatic detection system sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before it disappeared from radar on Thursday morning.

He said the messages "generally mean the start of a fire".

He added: "We are drawing no conclusions from this. Everything else is pure conjecture."

It follows reports on aviation industry website on Friday that smoke was detected near the cockpit of the plane, which vanished over the Mediterranean.

Investigators also said the priority is to find the flight's data recorders of the missing jet.


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Hammond: Briton on MS804 'must be feared dead'

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond has said British national Richard Osman "must be feared dead" on the information available about crashed EgyptAir flight MS804.

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond has offered assistance to the Egyptian authorities in the search for crashed plane MS804.

He said: "I can announce sadly there was one British national, a tri-national in fact, British-Australian-Egyptian tri-national on board, Richard Osman, who must be feared dead on the basis of the information that we have at the moment."

Hammond added that he was meeting his Egyptian counterpart shortly to offer assistance.

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Prayer service in Cairo for victims of EgyptAir flight

A prayer service has been held for the victims of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804.

A prayer service was held for the victims of MS804 at a mosque in Cairo, Egypt.

Wreckage from the airplane as well as human remains have been found according to the Egyptian military.

There were 56 passengers on board, including two babies and a child, as well as three EgyptAir security staff and seven cabin crew.


EgyptAir death: Community 'stunned' says local MP

A local MP says people in Carmarthen are shocked by the news Richard Osman was a victim of the EgyptAir crash.

Richard Osman and his wife Aurelie. Credit: Athena News Agency

The community is stunned that someone from Carmarthenshire has been killed in this terrorist atrocity.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family - especially considering that Mr Osman was a new father.

– Jonathan Edwards MP

Mr Osman had attended Carmarthen's Queen Elizabeth school before going to Kingston University.

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Greek air safety official: Debris not from an aircraft

A Greek air safety official has said debris found in the Mediterranean Sea does not belong to the missing EgyptAir plane, according to the Associated Press.

Greek officials now believe these items "do not belong to an aircraft".

Earlier, the Egypt Civil Aviation authority reported "lifejackets" and "plastic items" were found floating near the site where EgyptAir MS804 was believed to have crashed.

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Wreckage from EgyptAir flight 'has been found'

Wreckage from the EgyptAir flight has been found, the airline's vice-president has told CNN.

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