EgyptAir Flight 804: Traces of explosives suggest bomb caused Egypt air crash

Traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said Thursday.

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.

Moscow had suspended all flights to Egypt after the October crash, while Britain canceled flights to Sharm El-Sheikh, the Red Sea resort from which the Russian airliner took off.

Audio from the flight recorder mentions a fire on board the plane in its final moments and analysis of the flight data recorder showed smoke in the lavatory and avionics bay.

All 66 people on board were killed when Flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean during a flight from Paris to Cairo on May 19.

Although there was possibility that there had been an act of terrorism that brought the plane down, but no group said it targeted the aircraft.

A judicial source said the prosecution had not received details about the explosives traces but would include the coroner's findings in its inquiries.

People light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, at the Cairo Opera house in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian officials denied obstructing French inquiries.

Egypt initially played down suggestions of foul play, but the country's aviation minister eventually conceded that a terrorist attack was the most likely cause of the crash.

No one has claimed to have attacked the plane.

That assault prompted Russian Federation to halt all civilian flights to Egypt, while Britain and other nations suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, which accounts for a third of Egypt's annual tourism revenue.

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