EgyptAir crash: Explosives found on victims

BBC | Published: 19:54, Dec 15,2016 | Updated: 20:28, Dec 15,2016


Airport staff stand next to an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport.--Reuters photo

Traces of explosives have been found on victims of the EgyptAir plane crash over the Mediterranean in May, investigators say.

A statement by Egypt's civil aviation ministry said a criminal investigation would now begin into the crash of the Airbus A320.

Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May killing all 66 people on board.

The cause of the crash has remained unclear.

No distress call was made beforehand but the cockpit voice recorder revealed the pilots had fought to put out a fire.

Recovered wreckage showed signs of damage caused by high temperature and there was soot on the jet's front section.

Although there were fears that an act of terrorism may have brought the plane down, no group has said it was responsible.


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