Fire caused 2016 EgyptAir crash-French inquiry
France’s aviation bureau contradicts Egyptian authorities who said explosive traces found on victims
EgyptAir MS804 flight crash: Egyptian airliner victim of a series of crashes and catastrophes (YouTube)
London, July 7, 2018 (AltAfrica)-French investigators said on Friday a cockpit fire likely caused the 2016 EgyptAir MS804 crash that claimed the lives of 66 passengers and crew, contradicting Egyptian authorities who said explosives traces were found on the victims’ remains.
France’s civil aviation accident bureau, known by its French acronym BEA, said information gleaned from the flight recorders suggested “a fire broke out in the cockpit while the plane was at cruising altitude and the fire spread rapidly, causing the loss of control of the aircraft”.
French investigators had always leaned towards a mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, saying they suspected that a mobile phone or tablet had caught fire.
The BEA said the crew could be heard discussing a fire on the cockpit voice recorder and that the plane’s automatic ACARS messaging system had flagged up smoke on board.
It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at a different conclusion.