A search vessel has recovered human remains at the underwater crash site of EgyptAir flight MS804, Sky News reports. Egypt’s aircraft accident investigation committee said the remains will be taken to Alexandria port to be handed over to coroners and prosecution officials.
The remains were recovered by the John Lethbridge, a vessel belonging to the Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search and contracted by the Egyptian government. The vessel is due to return to the crash site to make further checks for any other remains.
The Airbus A320 crashed into the Mediterranean during a flight from Paris to Cairo on 19 May. All 66 people on board were killed. The cause remains unknown. Investigators have begun analysing one of the plane’s black box flight recorders and are extracting information from the other.
No cause for the crash has yet been ruled out, although aviation officials believe the cause lies in the plane’s technical systems rather than sabotage. Data downloaded from one of the black boxes has confirmed there was smoke in the aircraft.
Investigators have also revealed that soot was found on a piece of wreckage from the plane. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a manslaughter investigation on Monday but said it was not looking into terrorism as a possible cause of the crash at this stage.