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Did This Pilot Intentionally Crash His Plane?

Short | 03:58

During what was supposed to be a relatively calm period, EgyptAir Flight 990 plunges suddenly into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 217 passengers. Was pilot Gameel Al-Batouti to blame?

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There was no distress signal, no explosion, no obvious signs of malfunction. So why did Egypt Air 990 suddenly crash into the Atlantic during what was supposed to be the calmest part of the flight? The investigation into this 1999 catastrophe would develop in two directions, mechanical failure and pilot error, and the results would fuel an international controversy that continues to this day. Reexamine this shocking and baffling air disaster as we relive the aircraft's final moments and revisit the disputed investigation.

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