French investigators say fire caused 2016 EgyptAir crash

French investigators have said that the crash of an Egypt Air Paris-Cairo flight in May 2016 may have been caused by a cockpit fire. Amr Abdallah Dalsh  Reuters

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"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".

Egypt's public prosecutor today denied reports that a cockpit fire may have caused a 2016 Paris-Cairo Egypt Air flight crash, reiterating that forensic information had shown traces of explosive materials on the victims' bodies.

It is unusual that investigators from the country that is not leading the investigation would publicly comment on it.

"In an effort to continue the safety investigation mission, the BEA asked to meet the Egyptian Attorney General, " it said.

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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The crash of EgyptAir passenger aircraft in 2016, was caused by a fire in the cockpit.

The BEA said Egyptian investigators had not published their final report and had not followed up on its proposals for further work on the debris. In this meeting, the Egyptian authorities explained that as it had been determined that there had been a malicious act, the investigation now fell within the sole jurisdiction of the judicial authorities.

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.

"The BEA's Egyptian counterpart did not publish the final report which would have allowed the BEA to set out its differences of opinion as authorized by the global provisions".

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