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EgyptAir: 'Smoke detected' inside cabin before crash

Smoke was detected in the toilet and the aircraft's electrics, just minutes before the signal was lost

Baku. 21 May. REPORT.AZ/ There were smoke alerts inside the cabin of the EgyptAir passenger plane before it crashed in the Mediterranean on Thursday, Report informs citing the BBC.

Smoke was detected in the toilet and the aircraft's electrics, just minutes before the signal was lost, according to data published on air industry website the Aviation Herald.

French investigators have confirmed the data, AFP reported.

Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board.

he Aviation Herald said it had received flight data filed through the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) from three independent channels.

It said the system showed that at 02:26 local time on Thursday (00:26 GMT) smoke was detected in the Airbus A320 toilet.

A minute later - at 00:27 GMT - there was an avionics smoke alert.

The last ACARS message was at 00:29 GMT, the air industry website said, and the contact with the plane was lost four minutes later at 02;33 local time.

ACARS is used to routinely download flight data to the airline operating the aircraft.

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