Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

EgyptAir flight 990--31 October 1999

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 31 October 1999

Location: Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts, United States

Type of event: terrorism


An Egypt Air Boeing 767 crashed off the coast of Massachusetts after departing New York City bound for Cario. The crash occurred at 1:52 AM, 33 minutes after takeoff near Nantucket Island. U.S. authorities have concluded that the Egyptian relief first officer intentional crashed the aircraft. Flight data suggests that he shut off the engines and put the aircraft into a steep dive; a second crewmember unsuccessfully struggled for control of the aircraft, which broke apart from aerodynamic stresses and crashed.

Consequences: 217 killed


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