Pilot of downed Egyptian plane did call to say there was smoke in the cabin

Daily Mail:

It was initially claimed that Mohamed Said Shoukair lost all radio contact before the Airbus A320 plunged into the sea last Thursday, with the loss of 66 lives, while traveling from Paris to Cairo. But according to aviation sources in Paris he was in fact worried about smoke filling the plane and said he was going to make an emergency landing. There was 'conversation several minutes long' between Captain Shoukair and the controllers, which amounted to 'a distress call'.
It is strange that this conversation was at first denied.
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According to Greece's defence minister, Pano Kammenos, the plane dropped sharply from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet, and then made 'sudden swerves'.

As it entered Egyptian airspace, over the Greek island of Karpathos, the first turn was a sharp, 90-degree one to the east, and then there was a full circular loop.

A leaked data report also suggests that a fire blazed across the flight deck minutes before disaster -suggesting a catastrophic electronics malfunction.
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This sounds less like a terror attack at this point, but as pieces of the plane are examined the story might change some.

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