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EgyptAir Crash: Explosive Traces Found on Passengers' Bodies

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Photos of debris and pieces of wreckage from Egypt Air Airbus A320, flight MS804, released by Egypt Army on May 21, 2016. (Balkis Press/Sipa USA via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 01:33 PM

The EgyptAir crash investigation has turned up explosive traces found on the bodies of some passengers, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said.

The airline's Airbus A320 crashed into the eastern Mediterranean Sea between Crete and the northern Egyptian coast while traveling from Paris to Cairo on May 19, Sky News noted. Some 66 passengers and crew died in the crash.

Investigators determined that a fire broke out in or near the aircraft's cockpit before the plane went down, the broadcaster noted. Egypt's aviation minister Sherif Fathy said terrorism was the likely cause of the crash.

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the crash. Egyptian officials initially played down the possibility that a terrorist act brought down the plane but now say it was most likely the case, the broadcaster noted.

Egypt said it will launch a criminal investigation into the crash with the discovery of the explosive traces found on the passengers, The Guardian reported. French authorities reportedly discovered trace levels of explosive TNT on recovered debris in September, but were prevented from examining it further, the newspaper said.

Egyptian authorities, though, denied the claim at the time, The Guardian said. Investigators in Egypt said in July that the word "fire" could be heard used on the airplane's cockpit voice recorder shortly before the crash.

The recovered airplane's black boxes also confirmed that smoke alarms went off on the airliner, The Guardian noted.

Sky News reported that the EgyptAir crash happened seven month after a Russian airliner with 226 passengers and crew aboard crashed on the Sinai Peninsula shortly after it took off from an Egypt Red Sea resort.

In that incident, the local Islamic State affiliate claimed it planted a bomb on board and Russian officials confirmed there had been an explosion on the flight, Sky News noted.

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