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No, plug doors cannot be opened during flight. Nor can emergency exits.
16:19:24 F/O: You feel that?
16:19:26 CAPT: Yea.
16:19:29 CAPT: Ok gimme sl....
16:19:33 [Sound of two clicks similar to the sound of slat/flap movement]
16:19:37 [Sound of extremely loud nose and the sound of background noise increasing, which continued until the end of the recording] [Sound of loose articles moving around in the cockpit]
16:19:43 F/O: Mayday
16:19:49 CAPT: Push and roll, push and roll.
16:19:54 CAPT: Ok, we are inverted...and now we gotta get it.
16:20:04 CAPT: Push push push...push the blue side up.
16:20:16 CAPT: Ok now lets kick rudder...left rudder left rudder.
16:20:18 F/O: I can't reach it.
16:20:20 CAPT: Ok right rudder...right rudder.
16:20:38 CAPT: Gotta get it over again...at least upside down we're flying.
16:20:49 [Sounds similar to engine compressor stalls and engine spool down]
16:20:54 CAPT: Speedbrakes.
16:20:55 F/O: Got it.
16:20:56 F/O: Ah here we go.
16:20:57.1 F/O: [End of recording]
originally posted by: jappee
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
I would think that the earlier reports of bodies found to be a sure sign of the crash site, but...meh.. I guess officials need more to give a statement.
Greek controllers had talked to the pilot at 2:48 a.m. local time in Greece (1:48 a.m. in Paris and Cairo), when the plane was near a Greek island, and all had been well. But at 3:27 a.m. local time (2:27 a.m. in Paris and Cairo), controllers tried to reach the pilots to transfer control to Cairo authorities and received no response. The plane passed into Egyptian airspace two minutes later, then its signal dropped from radar 13 kilometers (8 miles) south-southeast of Kumbi, an aviation reporting point in the Mediterranean. What happened to the EgyptAir flight? The aircraft was cruising at 37,000 feet, considered the safest part of the flight, in clear, calm weather conditions. Then, upon entering Egypt's airspace, the aircraft swerved then plunged dramatically, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told reporters in Athens. "At 3:37 a.m. local time, immediately after the aircraft entered Cairo airspace at 37,000 feet, the aircraft swerved 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right, and descended from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet and then 10,000 feet when we lost the signal," he said.
A distress signal was detected at 4:26 a.m. -- almost two hours after the jet vanished -- in the general vicinity where it disappeared, said EgyptAir Vice President Ahmed Adel. He said the distress signal could have come from another vessel in the Mediterranean. Egyptian armed forces said they had not received a distress call. A distress call is how a plane signals there is an emergency -- and doesn't have to be a pilot alerting authorities with a "Mayday" call.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
About mid-day yesterday there was an article about a US (unnamed of course) "intelligence official" who stated there were some "infrared" and other (spectral) images which indicated a fireball in the area at the time of the disappearance. I can't find those stories now, and I guess that's the point...what happened to them? Or was this an intelligence slip with some classified info?
ETA...I originally saw the story via a link off of Drudge.