FBI, This Week: Remembering EgyptAir Flight 990


October 31, 2019

The FBI commemorates the 217 people killed when EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts 20 years ago Halloween morning.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI commemorates the 217 people killed when EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts 20 years ago Halloween morning.

The FBI, National Transportation Safety Board, and other agencies assisted with the recovery and investigation efforts for months afterward.

The FBI’s Evidence Response Teams, or ERT, painstakingly worked long hours to confirm the identities of those lost.

Special Agent Scott Robbins led one of the teams and says he felt the gravity of what had happened.

Scott Robbins: It's a time to remember and reflect, and you hope that you did everything that you could to treat the people that were lost with the dignity and respect that they deserved. And we all took that into consideration when we were handling any human remains or any personal property. It was inescapable that 217 people had died and that you were there to try to make things right for the survivors, for the families.

Halpern: ERT also combed through the airplane wreckage in search of evidence of the cause of the crash.

Ultimately, the National Transportation Safety Board found no evidence of mechanical problems, weather issues, or a bomb and indicated the actions of a relief first officer contributed to the crash.

With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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