Egypt denies report that fire likely caused 2016 plane crash

Air Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport Austria

Egyptair flight MS-804 plunged into the Mediterranean about 130kms north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria on May 19, 2016, with 56 passengers and 10 crew on board.

The crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 in 2016 was probably caused by a fire in the cockpit, French investigators say.

"The investigations are still ongoing and the report from the forensic medicine authority has confirmed the presence of traces of explosive materials on the victims' body fragments as well as some metal, plastic and solid materials from the plane wreckage that were stuck to the body parts at the crash scene".

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"The reports saying that the crash was due to the cockpit fire are based on invalid grounds", the statement said, adding that investigations over the matter were still in progress.

The Egyptian Public prosecution said in a statement sent to journalists it was still conducting its investigation into the crash "in full cooperation with the French investigation side".

The BEA also pointed to a signal from an emergency locator transmitter sent around eight minutes after the last transmission from the plane and data from Greek primary radar that the Egyptair aircraft descended in a turn before hitting the water.

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Egyptian authorities are carrying out a criminal investigation amid suspicions that explosives were involved.

On Friday, the BEA said information gleaned from the flight recorders suggested "a fire broke out in the cockpit. causing the loss of control of the aircraft".

It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at different conclusions. "The technical elements of the investigation already collected by Egypt, including those provided by the BEA, are protected by the Egyptian judicial investigation", the French statement said.

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