CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ EgyptAir plans to dismiss a pilot who abandoned his plane in Britain two weeks ago and sought asylum, an airline official said Friday.

Hamdi Hanafi Taha will be dismissed Saturday, said the official, who asked not to be named.

Taha flew an EgyptAir plane to London's Heathrow Airport on Feb. 4 and asked for asylum. He said he had information about the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990, which plunged into the sea off the coast of Massachusetts on Oct. 31, killing all 217 people on board.

EgyptAir suspended Taha effective Feb. 4. Egyptian labor law entitles the airline to fire him for failing to report to work within eight days of his suspension or within 16 days of leaving his job.

A U.S. investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, but senior EgyptAir officials have dismissed the idea that Taha knew something about it. The British government has said it is considering Taha's asylum application.