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All human remains found in EgyptAir MS804 crash recovered

Egyptian and French investigative committee members aboard the ship John Lethbridge recovered the human remains

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jul 2016
Recovered debris of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea is seen in this handout image released May 21, 2016 by Egypt's military. (Photo: Reuters)
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All human remains discovered from the EgyptAir flight MS804 crash in the Mediterranean Sea were recovered by Egyptian and French forensic experts aboard the vessel John Lethbridge, the Egyptian investigative committee said on Sunday.

The vessel is in transit to Alexandria, where the human remains will be delivered to prosecution and forensic authorities in the presence of investigative committee members before being transported to the forensic authority in Cairo for DNA tests.

John Lethbridge, which was contracted by the Egyptian government to search for the plane debris, flight recorders and human remains, will continue to search the crash site in order to confirm no other remains are left behind, according to a statement released by the investigative committee.

The two flight recorders were retrieved from the sea last month.

Data from the flight's data recorder is being decoded in Cairo after it was repaired in France. Preliminary information confirms smoke onboard the flight before it crashed into the sea.

The cockpit voice recorder is being repaired in France and will be returned to Cairo after the replacement of damaged components, according to an earlier statement by the committee.

EgyptAir Flight 804, an Airbus A320 en route from Paris to Cairo, slammed into the Mediterranean on 19 May, killing all 66 people on board. The reason for the crash remains unclear. The pilots made no distress call, and no group has claimed to have brought down the aircraft.

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