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Traces of explosives found on human remains from EgyptAir Flight MS804

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Andrew V. Pestano
A file handout picture from May 21, 2016, made available by the Egyptian Defence Ministry, shows pieces of a chair from the EgyptAir MS804 flight, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing all 66 people on board. Egyptian authorities on December 15, 2016 announced that traces of explosives were found on some of the bodies from the EgyptAir crash. Photo by Egyptian Defence Ministry/European Pressphoto Association
A file handout picture from May 21, 2016, made available by the Egyptian Defence Ministry, shows pieces of a chair from the EgyptAir MS804 flight, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing all 66 people on board. Egyptian authorities on December 15, 2016 announced that traces of explosives were found on some of the bodies from the EgyptAir crash. Photo by Egyptian Defence Ministry/European Pressphoto Association

CAIRO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday said investigators found traces of explosive materials on the remains of the victims aboard EgyptAir Flight MS804.

The ministry said because of criminal suspicion, it notified Egypt's public prosecutor in order for an official inquiry to be launched. The cause of the crash is not yet determined.

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Egyptian officials in July said the word "fire" was clearly audible from cockpit voice recorder before the plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing all 66 people aboard. The plane was traveling from Paris to Cairo.

Electronic messages sent out by the jet showed smoke detectors going off in a toilet and in the avionics area of the plane moments before it crashed.

The ministry said a forensic report "included a reference to find traces of explosive materials some human remains for victims of the accident."

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