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EgyptAir delegation to present response to NTSB draft report on 1999 crash.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

A delegation from Egyptian carrier EgyptAir will arrive in the USA on Tuesday (12 June) to present objections to a report into the crash of an EgyptAir flight on 31 October 1999 that killed all 217 people on board.

Egypt was given 60 days to respond to the draft report prepared by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and this response will be given on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the delegation told The Associated Press that its response includes 'our opposition' to the draft report along with supporting technical proofs and data.

The NTSB has previously suggested that co-pilot Gameel El Batouty may have deliberately crashed the aircraft, a theory that Egyptian officials have repeatedly denied. Egypt believes that the Boeing 767 crashed due to mechanical problems, possibly with the tail/rudder control mechanism of the aircraft. Boeing Co, the aircraft manufacturer, has said that its investigations found no problems with the aircraft.

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