The EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last week had scrawled on its side the words, “We will bring this plane down.”
The vandalism, first reported by the New York Times, dates back to 2013 and was reportedly targeted at Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi who took power in a coup. The Telegraph reported that after the military takeover in 2013, a number of Muslim Brotherhood sympathizing airline staff were fired.
It was also reported that after the Paris attacks in November, pro-Islamic slogans were found on aircraft at both Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and at Lyon airport.
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An unnamed commercial pilot, who agreed to speak with The Telegraph on conditions of anonymity, was quoted Monday as saying that the known facts of the final moments of Flight 804 correspond with an internal explosion having taken place on the right side of the plane.
“It looks like the right front and side window were blown out, most probably from inside out,” said the pilot, who flies an A330 similar to the crashed A320.
“Three different warnings showed there were faults in the windows next to the co-pilot, suggesting they could have been blasted outwards by an onboard bomb,” the Telegraph reported, suggesting this meant the right side of the aircraft was more damaged than the left side.
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The anonymous pilot also said smoke detectors may have been triggered by fog, not fire, as the cabin lost air pressure.
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