Egypt marks MS804 dis­as­ter

New Straits Times - - World -

CAIRO: Egypt held a som­bre cer­e­mony on the first an­niver­sary of the EgyptAir MS804 dis­as­ter here on Fri­day, but no an­swers were forth­com­ing on why the flight crashed into the Mediter­ranean, killing all pas­sen­gers.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony at Cairo airport, rel­a­tives of the vic­tims laid flow­ers at the foot of a memo­rial wall bear­ing the names of all 66 pas­sen­gers and crew killed when the Air­bus A320 fly­ing from Paris to here crashed.

The cer­e­mony came two weeks af­ter a source close to the French in­ves­ti­ga­tion ruled out that ex­plo­sives caused the crash, con­tra­dict­ing Egyp­tian in­ves­ti­ga­tors who said ex­plo­sive traces were found on the vic­tims’ bod­ies.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, Egyp­tian Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Sherif Fathy re­fused to com­ment on the re­sults of the French in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing he had no seen any “of­fi­cial state­ments” from them.

Asked why Egypt had not an­nounced the re­sults of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion a year af­ter the crash, Fathy said the pros­e­cu­tion had taken over the probe.

No group has come for­ward to claim re­spon­si­bil­ity for the crash, which killed 40 Egyp­tians, in­clud­ing the 10-mem­ber crew, 15 French cit­i­zens and vic­tims from sev­eral other coun­tries.

French in­ves­ti­ga­tors had al­ways favoured a me­chan­i­cal fault as the crash cause, say­ing a fire broke out in or near the cock­pit of the plane.

The French in­ves­ti­ga­tion source said this month “the com­bus­tion or self-com­bus­tion of a tablet in the cock­pit” was “the work­ing hy­poth­e­sis”. AFP

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Rel­a­tives of vic­tims of downed EgyptAir Flight MS804 at­tend­ing the memo­rial ser­vice at Cairo airport on Fri­day.

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