Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash: probe

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

In a statement on Monday, the office of Egypt's public prosecution said findings published last week by France's civil aviation accident bureau, known by its French acronym BEA, were "unfounded".

In December 2016, Egyptian officials announced that "traces of explosives were found" on victims' remains.

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

Twelve of those killed in the May 2016 crash were French nationals.

It is noted that the most likely hypothesis is that the fire started in the cockpit when the plane was at cruising altitude.

The BEA made an earlier call for further work to be done on the debris and flight recorder data but it said that this had not happened as far as it was aware.

Any disagreement would usually be expressed confidentially and public comments could be a sign of serious divergences. Global regulations stipulate a report should come out within a year of a crash. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief journalists on the matter.

"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. The source declined to give further details.

The agency added it is ready to collaborate with its Egyptian counterpart if it restarts its investigation.

The tragedy came about seven months after a Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after taking off from an Egyptian Red Sea resort, killing all 224 people on board. IS claimed responsibility for the Metrojet bomb, saying it smuggled aboard explosives in a soft drink can.

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