Tuesday, 30 November 2021 06:41 GMT

New updates on EgyptAir flight MS804


(MENAFN) French investigators say that the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 in 2016 was likely caused by a fire in the cockpit.

The findings contradict Egypt's earlier statements that explosives had been found on victims' remains, suggesting the aircraft had been bombed.

Sixty-six passengers and crew died when the flight from Paris to Cairo came down over the eastern Mediterranean.

France's civil aviation accident bureau said: "the most likely hypothesis is that a fire broke out in the cockpit while the aeroplane was flying at its cruise altitude and that the fire spread rapidly resulting in the loss of control of the aeroplane".

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