The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation said Thursday that traces of explosives were found on some body remains of the victims of EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in May.
“The Central Directorate of Aircraft Accident Investigation received reports from the Forensic Medicine Authority indicating traces of explosive materials found in some of the remains of the victims’ bodies,” the ministry stated.
In a statement on behalf of the committee investigating the crash, the ministry said it referred the new findings to the General Prosecution, which will investigate the possible criminal act behind the crash.
Investigations previously revealed that a fire on board caused the aeroplane to crash. The aeroplane left from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and disappeared off radar screens shortly after leaving Greek aerial space, as it was destined to land in Alexandria on 19 May.
Sixty-six passengers and crew members were killed in the crash, including 15 French and 40 Egyptian citizens.
In September, the French investigation team assigned to detect reasons behind the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 claimed it had found traces of TNT (trinitrotoluene) in the aeroplane’s debris.