Egypt Air Crash: Human Remains on Crash Site Suggest an Explosion On-board
As details continue to emerge on the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash that occurred five days ago, a forensic official has said human remains retrieved from the crash site point to an explosion on board.
The official, who is part of Egypt’s investigative team, reached the conclusion after examining victims’ remains at a morgue in Cairo.
“There isn’t even a whole body part, like an arm or a head”, he told the Associated Press that all 80 body parts received so far are small, adding that: “The logical explanation is that it was an explosion.”
The crash was confirmed after the plane went missing on its journey from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board, Independent reports.
Body parts, luggage and passengers’ belongings have been recovered alongside wreckage from the aircraft during searches of the Mediterranean Sea, but the location of the main body of the Airbus A230, alongside the “black boxes”, remains unknown.
Phil Giles, a former air safety investigator who worked on the Lockerbie Bombing case, supports the theory of a mid-air explosion.
“All the evidence so far, including the pictures, indicates that the aircraft broke up at altitude rather than when it impacted the sea,” he said.
“Modern aircraft such as the A320 don’t have a habit of suffering major structural failure unless there is some external factor like a BUK missile as in the case of MH17, or an internal device.”
An extensive search for plane debris in parts of Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria and the Greek island of Crete have continued since the crash.
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