Date: October 31st, 1999
Type: Boeing 767-300ER
Where: Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Report Date: -
This is not an accident investigation report.
An EgyptAir plane with 217 people on board crashed early Sunday off the island of
Nantucket, Massachusetts, en route from New York to Cairo, Egypt. The U.S. Coast
Guard recovered several bodies from the water.
The aircraft a Boeing 767 disappeared
from radar screens after taking off from John
F. Kennedy International Airport in New
York. All 217 on board were killed.
A massive search as conducted by the Coast Guardin
the area where the Federal Aviation
Administration lost contact with the airliner.
The plane disappeared about 2 a.m. EST,
about 65 miles (100 km) southeast of
"The Coast Guard has in fact reported that
they have recovered some bodies, more than
one. The exact number is unknown at this point
in time," said Robert Kelly, aviation director of
the New York and New Jersey Port Authority.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Richard Larrabee
said that clothing, passports, life rafts, airplane
seats and lifejackets were among debris found
near the crash site. The plane was apparently
carrying 199 passengers and 18 airline
employees, according to EgyptAir officials.
The Boeing 767-300ER had a contingent of 199 passengers, 15
crew members and three employees who were
not working on the flight, according to
EgyptAir officials. Thirty-two passengers
stayed on the flight from Los Angeles.
EgyptAir head Mohammed Fahim Rayan said
at a news conference in Cairo that 62
Egyptians, two Sudanese, three Syrians, and
one Chilean were aboard the plane as
passengers. There was no record of the
nationality of the other 131 passengers, and
Rayan said he believed some of those were
The plane departed New York at 1:19 a.m. EST. The plane was flying at
33,000 feet (9,900 meters), said Eliot Brenner, chief spokesman for the
FAA in Washington.
There was no indication of a distress call, U.S. officials said. But airport
officials in Cairo said the last communication from the plane's crew was an
SOS sent after the takeoff from New York.
The FAA contacted the Coast Guard about 2:15 a.m. EST, said Coast
Guard Lt. Gary Jones.
"We're doing a very, very aggressive airborne search at this moment.
Basically, if there is someone out there to be saved, saving lives at sea is our
most important mission and we're doing that," Jones said.
An FAA spokesman said the plane
departed two hours and 20 minutes
late from JFK because it was late
coming in from Los Angeles.
The airline identified the pilot as Hakim Rushdi, who had more than 10,000
hours of flight experience. Colleagues described him as a "very experienced
pilot." The airline said he had been in contact with his son, also an EgyptAir
pilot, hours before leaving.
The airliner was built in 1989 a, 767-300ER, an "extended-range plane known
for its North Atlantic service", said Boeing spokeswoman Barbara Murphy.
The National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation, an
NTSB spokesman said, and the New York Port Authority has set up a
mobile command center.
NTSB Flight Profile, From the Flight Data Recorder