Suspect Identified in Hellenic Air One Crash, Accident Ruled Out

Originally published at: Suspect Identified in Hellenic Air One Crash, Accident Ruled Out – Novos Mundos

Athens – Following an investigation with help from the Hellenic Aerospace Authority and the Hellenic Air Safety Board, the Internal Security Agency has released its preliminary findings. In them causes such as an accident, mechanical failure, or foreign attack have been ruled out entirely, and a suspect has been identified as responsible for the crash.

While search and rescue efforts are ongoing and the plane itself has not yet been found to retrieve the data in the black box, newer plane designs such as the Olympic SP150 have an always on-line call home function. Data usually recorded to the black box is also transmitted to the airline and country of origin using a satellite link. This data includes recordings from the cockpit as well as all radio transmissions and data from sensors. According to Lena Argyris, the Director of the Internal Security Agency, this data has allowed them to perfectly replicate as much as the last 48 hours on the plane.

After explaining how the data was retrieved the Director went on to state that one of the pilots, identified as Lieutenant Colonel Navid Boulos of the Hellenic Air Force, entered the cockpit as scheduled and shot his co-pilot Major Nicholas Mitsakis. Upon shooting the co-pilot, Colonel Boulos disabled the autopilot and overrode all security mechanisms to force the plane to descend. Health readings show increased stress levels but no other reasonable explanation for his actions.

Lieutenant Colonel Boulos is a Syrian native who has served the Hellenic Air Force for fifteen years. Last year he was granted Imperial citizenship for his service to the Federation after requesting it. For the past three years he has been on the Empress’ permanent aircrew. While he has been identified as a suspect, the ISA has not yet provided a motive for his actions. It is believed the motive may be ideological however for that more investigating is required. As the announcement was made Internal Security Agents have transported his family and other close relations to the ISA Office in Damascus. Friends within the Hellenic Forces have been temporarily removed from active duty until they have been cleared of any involvement. Director Argyris insisted that no other person has been designated as a suspect yet and that no one has been arrested. Those detained have been so for questioning and for their own protection against possible retribution now the Colonel’s name is public.

Already tension is on the rise as hooligans, suspected to be Greeks, have vandalized Little Damascus in Athens. The Imperial Police has placed heavily armed at all entrance roads into the area to deter any further crimes against Arab citizens in Athens. Similar moves have been made by police departments in other major Greek cities with Arab populations.