Cairo - EgyptAir has fired a pilot who sought political asylum in Britain, alleging negligence by the airline in the crash of Flight 990 off the US coast, the government daily Al Akhbar reported on Wednesday.
Hamdi Hanafi Taha was being dismissed for leaving his job without good reason, the paper reported. Egyptair chief Mohamed Fahim Rayyan said Taha's sacking was in accordance with Egyptian labour laws.
Taha, 49, asked the British authorities for asylum after landing one of the airline's jets at London-Heathrow on February 4.
He said he had information on the crash of the EgyptAir Boeing 767 which came down off the US Atlantic coast on October 31, killing all 217 people on board.
Taha implicated senior management in the disaster, which until now has not been officially explained. He has since presented a 16-page report to the British authorities on the airline's failings, according to Egyptian press reports.