- Les Abend: Cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir804 crash appears to indicate a pilot may have been putting out a fire
- The significance of this? The plane may not have come down due to terrorism. Mechanical failure a possibility, he says
Les Abend is a Boeing 777 captain for a major airline with 31 years of flying experience. He is a CNN aviation analyst and senior contributor to Flying magazine. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)It appears that EgyptAir 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing all 66 people on board, may have suffered a significant smoke and fire event.