Monday, 23 July, 2018

Egypt rejects French findings fire caused passenger jet crash

Air Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport Austria EgyptAir flight MS804: French investigators says fire likely cause
Jeannette Daniel | 10 July, 2018, 20:24

A Paris-Cairo EgyptAir flight crash that killed everyone on board in May 2016 was likely to have been caused by a cockpit fire, but Egyptian authorities have not appeared to follow up on calls for further probes, French investigators said.

The BEA has also investigated the crash alongside Egyptian and American experts.

Sixty-six passengers and crew died when the flight from Paris to Cairo came down over the eastern Mediterranean.

Egyptian investigators have yet to publish the final report on the 2016 crash. The chances of an attack were "higher than the possibility of a technical [failure]".

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On May 25, 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received a delegation from the French National Assembly and offered his condolences to the French victims onboard the EgyptAir MS804. Sisi stressed the importance of increasing Egyptian-French efforts to reveal the circumstances pertaining to the incident.

"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". After a bomb brought down a Metrojet plane carrying Russian holidaymakers home from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board, Egyptian officials initially denied widely held suspicions that a bomb caused the crash. Terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the crash.

The Department stated that the records can hear the pilots talking about the fire, fixed the smoke detectors.In the French civil aviation Bureau said that waiting for the final report of the Egyptian party to establish discrepancy in the conclusions.

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