Batouty deliberately destroyed that plane on orders from Rifa‟i Taha Musa,
who had been ordered to resume the fight against the Egyptian government by Rahmanand other imprisoned leaders of Al-
Gama‟a and Al
-Jihad. The exiled militant leadersendorsed this call.About 20 minutes after takeoff, as the airplane was climbing to its assigned altitude,Gamil El-Batouty suggested that he relieve the command first officer, Ahmed al-
Habashi, at the controls, stating, “I‟m not going to sleep at all. I might come and sit for two hours, and then…” indicating that he wanted to fly his portion of the trip at that time.
was surprised at this request and exclaimed, “But I slept.” A few minutes
Habashi said, “Excuse me, Gamil while I take a quick trip to the toilet before itgets crowded while they are eating, and I‟ll be back to you.” About eleven seconds after
the captain left the cockpit the Cockpit Voice Recorder recorded an unintelligiblecomment. Ten seconds later El-
Batouty stated quietly, “I rely on God.” A few seconds
later the autopilot was disengaged and El-
Batouty repeated, “I rely on God” and the
Flight Data Recorder recorded an abrupt nose-down elevator movement and a veryslight movement of the inboard ailerons. Subsequently, the airplane began to rapidlypitch nose down and descend in the direction of the Atlantic Ocean. The Cockpit VoiceRecorder revealed extreme religious fanaticism on the part of El-Batouty.
This Islamist could have been following orders that Lynne Stewartsmuggled out of prison for Sheik Rahman
01.48:48: El-Batouty: I rely on God.01.48:52: [Thrust Throttle Lever Retarded to Idle]01.48:53: [Aircraft Begins a 40-Degree Angle Dive Towards the Ocean]01.49:08: [Tones of Aural Master Caution]
01.49:21: [Right Engine Start Lever Manually Switched from “Run” to “Cutoff”]
01:49:22: [Left Engine Start Lever Manually Switched from
“Run” to “Cutoff” and
Elevators Split in Opposite Direction] 0149:30.16: [sound of two faint thumps and one louder thump]0149:48.42: I rely on God.0149:57.33: I rely on God.0149:58.75: I rely on God.