Traces of explosives have been found on victims of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean in May, Egyptian investigators say. A criminal investigation would now begin into the crash of the Airbus A320, the civil aviation ministry said.
Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May killing all 66 people on board.
A source close to the French investigation says they have doubts about Egypt’s latest findings. They told the BBC there had been “difficulties” working with the Egyptian authorities and that their main concern was to see the remains of the French victims returned to France.
The plane had been carrying 40 Egyptians, including the 10-member crew, and 15 French nationals. In response to Thursday’s report, France’s foreign ministry said investigations into the crash were continuing. It also appeared to hint that it had been kept at arm’s length by Egyptian officials.
“France, like it has been from the beginning of this tragic accident, remains at the disposal of the relevant Egyptian authorities to contribute to this investigation, including with the means of its experts,” it said on Thursday. Plane manufacturer Airbus has declined to comment on the Egyptian report. The Paris prosecutor opened a manslaughter investigation into the crash in June.(BBC,2016)