French Inquiry finds EgyptAir’s faults reason for Crash
Egyptian review said it was a terrorist bomb
French claim that Egypt withheld information
EASA, FAA and ICAO found ECAA meets standards
Reliability of international Audits?
The Egyptian Civil Aviation Agency (ECAA, الهيئة المصرية العامة للطيران المدنى), subordinate to the ministry, is the civil aviation authority of Egypt. The FAA, ICAO and EASA ,all, have assessed the competence of the ECAA and have found it to meet international standards.
The below article strongly indicates that the Egyptian government both withheld critical information about the crash of EgyptAir MS804 and even more perniciously issued a conclusion of the crash’s cause, terrorist bomb, which the French review found unsupported by the facts. The universal standard as to CAAs is that the organization needs to be insulated from politics.
This is a notable instance in which it seems as though a CAA’s technical judgment does not meet the ICAO standards. The degree to which the ECAA appears to have lacked the required independence should have been detected by the FAA, ICAO and EASA.
It is not a novel assertion to note that these assessments have not discovered serious flaws. It is also not unusual to see less than consistent scrutiny by these three “auditors”. Is it time to reconsider the value of these reviews, done in triplicate and not uniformly applied?
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After crash, Egyptian authorities said bomb was probably responsible and reportedly withheld key evidence from French investigators, citing the secrecy of terrorism inquiry
When an EgyptAir flight crashed on its way from Paris to Cairo in May 2016, killing 66 people, Egyptian authorities said a bomb was probably responsible and withheld key evidence from French investigators, citing the secrecy of their counterterrorism inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Now, a French judicial probe has alleged that maintenance and safety lapses by EgyptAir left the plane unsafe to fly in the days before it crashed, according to confidential documents reviewed by the WSJ. A leak of flammable oxygen in the cockpit preceded a fire that likely disabled the plane, the documents say, contradicting Egypt’s claim of a terrorist act.
The plane registered mechanical errors on its final five flights, according to automated messages sent by the plane. EgyptAir pilots and the airline’s technical centre in Cairo largely ignored them, according to the documents.
Before leaving Cairo on its penultimate flight, “the plane should have been checked during its four previous flights, and should not have left Cairo after the appearance of repeated faults that were not reported by successive teams”, said one of the documents, an expert report ordered by a judge, according to the WSJ.
A source close to the French investigation had told AFP in May 2017 that no traces of explosives were found on the remains of French victims. That revelation, the source said, “closed the door” on the theory advanced by Egypt that the Airbus 320 was blasted out of the sky.
France opens a judicial investigation whenever one of its citizens is killed in a plane crash. The EgyptAir inquiry, which is continuing, has not established whether the crash was caused by the airline’s alleged lapses that investigators identified, the WSJ reported.
EgyptAir and Egyptian government agencies didn’t respond to repeated requests by the WSJ for comment. Egypt’s civil aviation ministry has previously denied that the plane registered technical faults in the days before it crashed.
The country’s response to the crash exposes weaknesses in the international air-safety treaty that dictates how governments should cooperate on plane-crash investigations. American and European authorities have little recourse if an authoritarian nation refuses to conduct an investigation or allow other countries involved in an incident to examine key evidence or documentation, the WSJ said.
Air-safety experts and officials have raised concerns that the crash of the Airbus 320, the world’s top-selling passenger jet, will remain a mystery so long as Egypt controls the probe. Airbus declined to comment, the WSJ reported.
Mr. Jim Bonner, Minister Plenipotentiary and Mr. Rick Ortiz, Minister Plenipotentiary and Mr. Kevin Obstrup of the Economic Section of the American Embassy in Cairo to discuss bilateral relations in the field of aviation Civilian.
At the beginning of the meeting, General Younis Al-Masry emphasized the depth of strategic and economic relations between Egypt and the United States of America in all fields, especially in the field of air transport industry, adding that the Ministry of Civil Aviation is keen to enhance cooperation with all partners, especially the United States, and is taking firm steps in accordance with a specific strategy To advance the Egyptian civil aviation system and reach the airports of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the highest safety and security standards
The meeting dealt with ways to develop the air transport agreement signed between the two countries in a way that contributes to the recovery of air traffic between Egypt and the United States.
The two sides agreed to develop the agreement in a manner commensurate with the transportation demands of the two countries. The two sides also discussed means of cooperation in the fields of training, exchange of experiences and the development of EgyptAir’s fleet of aircraft. On the one hand, the American delegation expressed appreciation for the fruitful relations between the two countries in the air transport industry, and also expressed happiness with what was achieved from Development in the civil aviation sector.
It is worth noting that the air transport agreement between the two countries was signed in 1964 and is one of the oldest signed agreements currently in force in the region.
 Unfortunately, application of this international criteria varies among countries and even more so sees greater aberrations where the politics interference from political consideration.
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