No theories ruled out on EgyptAir crash after smoke report: French FM

AFP , Saturday 21 May 2016

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (Photo: Reuters)

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday that no theory on the cause of the EgyptAir crash has been ruled out, after revelations of smoke in the cabin minutes before the disaster.

"At this time... all theories are being examined and none is favoured," he told a news conference after meeting with relatives of passengers who were aboard the doomed A320 which left Paris early Thursday for Cairo.

"The reports circulating here and there, which by the way are sometimes contradictory, give rise too often to nearly definitive conclusions," Ayrault said, warning of the "painful tension" caused to the families of the victims.

"Finding the plane is of course the priority, along with finding the black boxes to analyse them, which will allow us to answer legitimate questions," he said, referring to the voice and flight data recorders.

France's "dual goal" is to offer "solidarity with the families but also transparency... on the circumstances of this plane's disappearance," said the foreign minister, who was joined by Egypt's ambassador to France at the meeting with the family members.

The passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. They included a boy and two babies.

Seven crew members and three security personnel were also on board.

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