Egyp­tAir jet crash an ac­ci­dent – investigators Cal­i­for­nia to vote on le­gal­is­ing cannabis

The Dominion Post - - World - FRANCE UNITED STATES

French prose­cu­tors have opened a man­slaugh­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Egyp­tAir Flight 804 crash.

A spokes­woman for the prose­cu­tors’ of­fice in Paris said yes­ter­day the in­quiry had been launched as an ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion, not a ter­ror­ism case. This dis­tinc­tion has strength­ened the be­lief that the crash was caused by me­chan­i­cal fail­ure or hu­man error.

French ex­perts are work­ing to re­pair the wa­ter-dam­aged cock­pit sound recorder from the Air­bus A320 jet, which crashed into the Mediter­ranean Sea last month. It took them only a day to fix the data black box re­cov­ered from the seabed.

Investigators hope that the in­for­ma­tion re­cov­ered will ex­plain why the jet veered off course dur­ing the flight from Paris to Cairo on May 19 and crashed into the sea be­tween Crete and Alexan­dria, killing all 66 peo­ple on board.

Au­to­matic alerts of a fire on board and con­trol prob­lems have sug­gested it was an ac­ci­dent.

Full de­tails of the flight – in­clud­ing speed, al­ti­tude, pres­sure mea­sure­ments, tem­per­a­tures, en­gine per­for­mance and con­trol set­tings – were re­cov­ered in­tact by the avi­a­tion safety agency in Paris and are ready to be ex­am­ined by Egyp­tian of­fi­cials lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The prose­cu­tors’ spokes­woman said French au­thor­i­ties were not favour­ing the­o­ries that the plane was downed de­lib­er­ately.

Egyp­tian of­fi­cials said it was still too early to rule out ter­ror­ism as the cause of the crash. Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers will de­cide whether to le­galise recre­ational mar­i­juana, af­ter Sec­re­tary of State Alex Padilla said yes­ter­day that ini­tia­tive pro­po­nents had gath­ered more than enough sig­na­tures to place the ques­tion on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

A suc­cess­ful vote in Cal­i­for­nia would re­sult in one in every six Amer­i­cans liv­ing in a state with le­gal mar­i­juana sales, in­clud­ing the en­tire West Coast.

The ini­tia­tive is pro­moted by a well-funded and con­nected coali­tion spear­headed by for­mer Face­book pres­i­dent Sean Parker.

It asks vot­ers to al­low peo­ple 21 and older to buy an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis and cannabis­in­fused prod­ucts at li­censed re­tail out­lets, and also to grow up to six plants for per­sonal recre­ational use. Smok­ing the drug would re­main banned in places where to­bacco use is pro­hib­ited, in­clud­ing restau­rants, bars and other en­closed pub­lic places.

Sales of both recre­ational and med­i­cal mar­i­juana would ini­tially be sub­ject to a 15 per cent tax.

Cal­i­for­nia cities and coun­ties would re­tain the right to pro­hibit mar­i­juana-re­lated busi­nesses and to im­pose their own fees and taxes.

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