- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2016

EgyptAir identified Thursday the pilot and co-pilot of the doomed Flight MS804, which crashed in the overnight hours in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mohamed Said Aly Aly Shakeer was identified to NBC News as the captain of the flight. He was a very experienced pilot with 6,275 flying hours logged, more than one-third of them on Airbus A320s, the plane that disappeared.

His co-pilot was identified as Mohamed Ahmed Mamdouh Ahmed Assem, who had 2,766 flying hours, both figures having been tweeted by EgyptAir in the immediate hours after the disappearances.

Neither man is known to have radical or worrisome political associations and they had passed periodic security checks, NBC reported.

EgyptAir suffered an embarrassing airline disaster in 1999 when, according to U.S. investigators, one of the pilots of a flight leaving New York turned off all flight controls and crashed the plane as an elaborate suicide that also killed everyone else on board.

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