Noise Heard in Final Second of Russian Jet’s Voice Recorder
As speculation flies about the cause of last Saturday’s Russian airliner crash in Egypt that killed 224 — with high-level U.S. officials saying the evidence points to a bomb — investigators said there was a noise captured in the final second of the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the crash site, ABC News reported.
However, Ayman el Mokadem, the Egyptian official in charge of the crash investigation committee, urged caution about drawing major conclusions related to the Metrojet airline crash, ABC News said.
Mokadem said the flight data recorder stopped around 23 minutes after takeoff, while the aircraft was over 30,000 feet in altitude and moving at about 323 mph. With the wreckage scattered across eight miles, he said this indicated the plane broke apart in midair, according to ABC News.
Tom Haueter, the former director of aviation safety at the National Transportation Safety Board, provided some insight to ABC News as to how investigators will determine what this sound was. He explained that an incredibly loud noise like an “explosion or rupture” would be heard as a “click” on the recording. Investigators will then break this sound down into milliseconds, and “see if the sound profile appears to be a bomb, fuel tank explosion, rupture or other event.”
ABC News noted that since the crash, the United Kingdom and Russia have suspended flights to and from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh — where the doomed Metrojet flight began her ill-fated journey.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also put new “security enhancements” in place for Friday for airliners arriving in the U.S. from certain foreign airports, ABC News said. These include more thorough screenings, items allowed on planes and offering assistance in foreign airports, though further information was not given.
As investigators search for answers about this latest air disaster, a revelation just came forth about a Thomson flight with 189 aboard flying from London to Sharm el-Sheikh in August that was forced to take evasive action to avoid a missile fired at the aircraft, the Daily Mail reported.
According to a source, the pilot spotted the rocket about 1,000 feet away and the plane turned left to get out of the way. Shaken, the staff chose to head right back to the U.K. on a flight with no internal or external lights. The passengers were never notified, the Daily Mail said.
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