A little more than a year after the 19 May 2016 loss of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 over the Mediterranean Sea, Egyptian authorities have offered no data beyond some basic facts that came to light in the first few weeks. The Egyptian civil aviation authority says the technical investigation committee has referred the matter to the country’s public prosecutor, following the suspicion that a criminal act was involved in the destruction of the aircraft, which was conducting flight MS804 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo. Forensic medicine specialists stated last September that examination of casualties recovered from the sea had revealed “traces” of explosive materials. The civil aviation authority has not elaborated on this since, and French forensic analysis has not corroborated the claim. It has restated the evidence from the cockpit voice recorder in which the word “fire” was spoken, and that ACARS had communicated messages about smoke in the lavatory and avionics bay. None of the 66 occupants survived.
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