- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
authorities are trying to sort out unresolved matters involving the crew
of doomed EgyptAir Flight 990 but nothing yet indicates anything amiss,
the top criminal investigator on the case said on Friday.
- ``Not everything has been resolved yet,'' FBI Assistant
Director Lewis Schiliro said on the ABC program ``Good Morning America.''
``There are certainly leads outstanding on that issue.... But as we speak
here now, there is nothing to indicate there was anything amiss with the
- He did not describe what unresolved matters involving
the crew might be.
- Schiliro said he was not familiar with a report that
a flight attendant had called his wife from New York to voice fears just
before he boarded the Cairo-bound plane that crashed on Oct. 31 about 60
miles (100 km) off the Massachusetts coast.
- The Boston Herald newspaper, citing sources described
as close to the investigation, reported on Friday that a flight attendant
identified as Hassan Sherif, 26, called his wife Rania to say ``there was
something wrong with the plane'' and that he was ``very worried.''
- The newspaper said federal investigators were pursuing
leads suggesting the disaster in which 217 people died ``was not an accident.''
- Schiliro said investigators did not yet have any evidence
that pointed toward a crime, based on the preliminary findings of the National
Transportation Safety Board. The FBI is a leading a parallel investigation
into any possible criminal act that may have caused the crash.
- Schiliro said several phone calls claiming responsibility
for downing the Boeing 767 (NYSE:BA - news) had been received. Each claim
was being investigated, he said but added, ``at this point, none of (them),
we're determining to be credible.''
- Initial analysis of the plane's flight data recorder
retrieved on Tuesday showed the aircraft entered a steep but seemingly
controlled descent before plunging into the sea.
- Navy vessels were to resume their search for the cockpit
voice recorder on Friday, when weather in the region was expected to improve.
- Investigators hope a tape of conversation in the cockpit
in the minutes before the plane's deadly dive could offer a clue into what
caused the crash.