The National Transportation and Safety Board report is expected to conclude that investigators found no evidence of mechanical failure on the Boeing 767.
ABC, NBC and CNN said that the draft report does not use the word "suicide" because it is impossible to determine the motive of co-pilot Gameel El-Batouty, who was believed to be at the controls when the flight crashed.
"We don't know and can't confirm that it was a suicide," an NTSB official said on condition of anonymity. NTSB sources in the past have described the crash as a "deliberate act."
EgyptAir Flight 990 took off early on Oct. 31, 1999, from New York's Kennedy International Airport. The Boeing 767 climbed to 33,000 feet before plunging into the sea south of Nantucket Island, Mass., about 40 minutes after takeoff.
During the plane's descent, the engines were cut off, and the elevators moved in opposite directions. The plane recovered, rose and then fell again.
In a statement released Wednesday, EgyptAir officials insisted the NTSB has not adequately examined flight control problems with the Boeing 767.
"From the beginning, Egyptian investigators have maintained the flight control systems aboard the Boeing 767 demands further testing and evaluation to confirm its safety and reliability,'' EgyptAir said.
"We and the aviation industry owe it to the families of those aboard Flight 990 – and to the flying public – to learn what caused this tragedy and ensure that it never happens again.''
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