An EgyptAir flight crashed into the Mediterranean in May. The plane likely broke up in mid-air after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit.
However, according to Egyptian officials speaking on anonymity to the New York Times, it remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by a mechanical failure or criminal act.
The Egyptian lead investigative committee reported the word “fire” could be heard flight 804’s cockpit voice recorder before it crashed. The cockpit voice and flight data recorders and condition of recovered debris and human remains led them to their latest conclusion.
The flight had 40 Egyptians, 15 French people, two Iraqis and Canadians, as well as one passenger each from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan on board.
The plane was flying from Paris to Cairo when it suddenly disappeared from the radar over the Mediterranean.
The incident followed that of a Russian passenger plane last October, which saw 224 passengers and crew killed. There has been no claim on the EgyptAir crash.