Monday, May 23, 2016
'Good night' EgyptAir pilot's eerily calm audio heard for first time
The pilots checked in with ar traffic controllers in Zurich as it passed over the country just hours before crashing into the Mediterranean Sea. The short recording comes as flight data reveals there were four separate alerts issued from multiple places in the plane just minutes before it went down. Zurich was contacted on Wednesday night, before they were handed over to Italian air raffic controlelrs in Padua. The Zurich controller says to the pilot: "EgyptAir 804, contact Padova 1-2-0, decimal 7-2-5, good night." He responds: "This is 0-7-2-5 Padova control. (Unintelligible) 8-0-4. Thank you so much. Good day, er, good night." The pilot later spoke to Greek Air Traffic control in the minutes just before the crash. Civil Aviation Authority chief Konstantinos Litzerakos said: “The pilot was in a good mood and he thanked them in Greek.” The audio comes as yesterday Egyptian military released the first images of wreckage after it was revealed there was a fire on the plane. They apeared on the army's Facebook page.The photos confirm the pieces of metal, plastic, material and life jackets were definitely from the aircraft as they carry the EgyptAir logo. Some of the photos appear to show passengers' belongings, including a pink, stitched cushion or bag. Reports are saying the plane's black box has also been recovered, but this has yet to be confirmed. It comes as investigators say the aircraft transmitted numerous messages about smoke being detected in "multiple places" on board, as well as other alerts.