Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash, French investigators say

  • Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash, French investigators say

Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash, French investigators say

French air safety investigator BEA assisted with the safety investigation and on Friday released a statement outlining its cockpit fire theory and criticizing the Egyptians for failing to continue the safety investigation.

But an official Egyptian probe in 2016 suggested the plane operating flight MS804 had been bombed, saying traces of explosives had been found on the remains of those killed.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016 when it crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean, killing 66 people, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens.

They added the cockpit voice recorder revealed that the crew mentioned the existence of a fire on board and that the aircraft system detected smoke in the toilet and the avionics bay - the part of the plane that houses most of the wiring and electronic systems.

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.

In a press conference on the day of the crash, Egypt's civil aviation minister Sherif Fathy said a terrorist attack was most likely behind the crash.

"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".

It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at a different conclusion.

The BEA urged Egyptian prosecutors to investigate the possibility it was an accidental fire, to prevent such accidents in the future. "The technical elements of the investigation already collected by Egypt, including those provided by the BEA, are protected by the Egyptian judicial investigation", the French statement said.