The French research team assigned to identify reasons behind the crash of Flight MS804 EgyptAir said it has found traces of TNT (trinitrotoluene) in the debris of the plane.
After the discovery of TNT, the research team of Egypt forbade their French counterparts to continue its detailed verification of the rubble, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported Friday.
On May 19, EgyptAir flight MS804, flying from Paris to Cairo, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 passengers and crew members on board, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French. The flight disappeared from radar Egyptian and Greek with no emergency signal emitted from the plane. Investigations into the crash continue today.
Le Figaro said in its report that researchers at the French Institute of Criminal Investigation found traces of TNT in the wreckage crashed last week. The newspaper said the discovery TNT led to a dispute between the Egyptian and French authorities.
The paper said that the origin of the TNT substance found in the remains is still unknown and that the French investigators were prevented from carrying out further tests or observations on the rubble after its discovery.
In response to the report of Le Figaro, the Ministry of manager of the press office of Civil Aviation, Bassem Sami, denied on Saturday that his ministry had received any technical report of the Egyptian prosecution so far on the traces of TNT on waste EgyptAir flight MS804.
He stressed also told the media that the investigation committee of Egypt did not receive reports that traces of TNT were found in the debris, noting that the committee continues its work to reveal the facts related to the downing of the plane.
Similarly, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported three days ago, a bomb allegedly caused the crash of the Russian airliner A321 Metrojet at Sinai was placed in the back of the plane by “terrorists”.
Two weeks after the accident, which took place in October 2015, killing all 224 on board, the Islamic State (IS) claimed to have used a drink can bomb to bring down the plane. The Russian government later confirmed that the accident was due to a terrorist attack. However, the Egyptian government is conducting ongoing research to reveal the location of the initial explosion.
Kommersant said the bomb was placed in the back of the plane where children carts are stored. The explosion resulted in the tailing of the body, leading to the fall. The newspaper quoted a group of international experts who claim that most likely an employee of the Egyptian airport participated in the event.
The committee, which is overseen by the Ministry of Aviation of Egypt, has not released a statement on the claims.