Egypt denies 2016 EgyptAir crash caused by cockpit fire

Tuesday 10 July 2018 01:19 PM


Egypt denied on Monday media reports that the crash of a Paris-Cairo EgyptAir flight in 2016 was likely caused by a cockpit fire.

The Egyptian general prosecution said in a statement that the reports are untrue, stressing that it was still carrying out investigations over the crash, according to state-run news website Ahram Online.

This is the first official Egyptian comment on the issue since several media outlets, citing French investigators, reported that the cause of the crash was likely due to a fire in the cockpit.

In May 2016, EgyptAir Flight MS804, an Airbus A320, went missing from radar screens en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board, including 30 Egyptians and 15 French as well as passengers from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.