Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash: French…

10 July, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash: French…

The Airbus A320 was en route 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.

French air accident investigators say that a rapidly spreading fire probably caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo in 2016, casting doubt on Egyptian authorities' claims that traces of explosives were found.

Egyptian authorities are carrying out a criminal investigation amid suspicions that explosives were involved.

The Egyptian public prosecutor's office, for its part, said it was in "total cooperation with the French investigators".

Two days after the crash in May 2016, the flight data recorder "confirmed the presence of smoke on board", according to the BBC.

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The cockpit voice recorder also revealed the crew talked about a fire and some debris had signs they were subject to high temperature and traces of soot.

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.

Officials recovered flight recorders that were analyzed two months after the crash because advanced fix work was needed first, the new report from investigators with France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, known as BEA said.

"This took place at the end of May 2018".

"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". "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.

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