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EgyptAir Pilots Had Checkups

November 13, 1999

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ The pilot and co-pilot of downed EgyptAir Flight 990 both underwent routine physical and psychological checkups within the past five months, the airline’s chairman said Saturday.

Pilot Ahmed el-Habashy and co-pilot Adel Anwar were pronounced fit after their exams, said Mohammed Fahim Rayan. El-Habashy was examined 10 days before the Oct. 31 crash and Anwar less than five months before.

``Every pilot, cabin attendant, everybody who is working with equipment that needs safety ... is checked,″ Rayan said at a news conference, adding that pilots are like bomb threats _ ``they are always checked.″

Yet investigators in the United States have not been able to determine what brought down the New York-to-Cairo flight, killing all 217 people on board.

El-Habashy was examined by doctors on Oct. 3 because he had pain in his left leg, but doctors declared him fit on Oct. 10, said Rayan.

EgyptAir officials refused to release crew members’ medical records.

Meanwhile, Rania Rida, fiancee of flight attendant Hasan Farouk Toufic, denied American media reports that he told her there was something wrong with the plane.

``He just told me that the plane was delayed at Los Angeles and he is waiting for the plane,″ Rida said, speaking in English during an interview with Associated Press Television News on Saturday.

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