Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

EgyptAir 2016 crash caused by fire, say French investigators

EgyptAir 2016 crash caused by fire, say French investigators

The report of the French Bureau of inquiry and analysis for civil aviation security stated, the cause of the crash of flight MS804 year could be a fire in the cockpit, writes the with reference to the Correspondent.

"The investigations are still ongoing and the report from the forensic medicine authority has confirmed the presence of traces of explosive materials on the victims' body fragments as well as some metal, plastic and solid materials from the plane wreckage that were stuck to the body parts at the crash scene". It is unusual for investigators to comment publicly on a case being led by their counterparts in another country.

It noted the flight recorders stopped operating while the aircraft was at cruise altitude of 37,000 ft, the aircraft's reporting system sent a message indicating smoke in the toilets and avionics bay and the flight data recorder confirms the message.

The crew also mentioned in a cockpit voice recorder the existence of a fire on board.

French air safety investigator BEA assisted with the safety investigation and on Friday released a statement outlining its cockpit fire theory and criticizing the Egyptians for failing to continue the safety investigation.

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Egyptian officials previously said that the crash - which came seven months after a Russian plane was brought down by a bomb over the Sinai peninsula - was likely to have been a terrorist incident.

"This took place at the end of May 2018". Upon its determination the act was malicious, Egyptian officials handed the investigation over to judicial authorities.

The BEA urged Egyptian prosecutors to investigate the possibility it was an accidental fire, to prevent such accidents in the future.

French investigators and the families of the French victims have deplored a lack of cooperation from the Egyptian authorities.

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