Egypt denies reports that cockpit fire likely caused 2016 EgyptAir crash

Air Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport Austria

Air Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport Austria

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.

It noted technical elements of investigation already conducted were now "protected" by the Egyptian judicial investigation.

The general prosecution again indicated the Egyptian forensics report, which said that traces of explosives were found on human remains, plastic, mineral, and metal materials retrieved from the crash.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016 when it crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean, killing everyone on board, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens.

French investigators had always leaned towards a mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, saying they suspected that a mobile phone or tablet had caught fire. But a source close to the French investigation previously said no such traces were found by the team.

"The BEA considers that it is necessary to have this final report in order to have the possibility of understanding the cause of the accident and to provide the aviation community with the safety lessons which could prevent future accidents", BEA said.

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.

In its statement, the BEA said its proposals concerning further work on the debris and recorded data were not, as far as the BEA knew, followed up. It is unusual for investigators to comment publicly on a case being led by their counterparts in another country.

No group has come forward to claim responsibility for any attack that downed the aircraft.

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