Intelligence: July 3, 2001


The US National Transportation Safety Board remains convinced that the crash of Egypt Air 990 on 31 Oct 99 was the direct result of a successful suicide attempt by reserve co-pilot Gamil al-Batouti. While Egyptian officials continue to reject this theory of the crash, the National Security Agency has overheard conversations between Egyptian investigators and their government in which the investigators agree with the US finding and were told by their government to publicly insist that the crash was caused by an unknown mechanical problem. There is little doubt among investigators. The crash was definitely caused by input from the controls worked by Batouti, who repeated an Islamic prayer as the plane crashed. He had sent presents to his family (which he bought on every trip to New York) on a different flight. There are reports that Egypt Air was in the process of firing him (or at least keeping him off of flights to the US) because of a series of embarrassing sexual escapades.--Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Intelligence: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close