The EgyptAir plane that went missing on May 19th with 66 people on board apparently made three emergency landings in the 24 hours prior to the crash as per France 3. According to ACARS data, the system detected multiple technical incidents which required the plane to turn around three times and perform emergency landings in each instance while flying to Eritrea, Egyp, and Tunisia. This is the same system that indicated smoke coming from the lavatories and avionics bay.
EgyptAir’s chairman denied the warnings:
“For me it is not true,” Safwat Musallam said, according to Reuters. He added that the plane had not experienced any maintenance issues before departure and that the plane was “normal.” “We fully trust the aircraft and the pilot,” he said.
Yesterday, a French ship picked up signals that could be from the black-box flight recorders and attempts are currently being made to track the exact location of those pings.
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