French designation of EgyptAir crash inquiry as manslaughter is tentative: Prosecutor

Ahram Online , AP , Tuesday 28 Jun 2016

Nabil Saddeq
Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Saddeq (Photo: Al Ahram)

The French authorities' designation of the crash of EgyptAir's MS804 plane as a "manslaughter inquiry" is just a "tentative description", Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Saddeq said in a statement on Monday.

"The designation is based on the available evidence found by the investigating team at the present time until the black boxes are checked and the plane wreckage and victims' [remains] are analyzed, as eventually [these] results can come up with facts which can change this description," the statement read.

On Monday, French authorities opnened the manslaughter inquiry, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism, according to AP.

Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the inquiry was launched as an accident investigation, not a terrorism investigation.

Thibault-Lecuivre said authorities are "not at all" favouring the theory that the plane was downed deliberately, though the status of the inquiry could eventually change if evidence emerges to that effect.

The spokeswoman also noted that Investigators decided to start the probe before waiting to analyze the plane's flight data and voice recorders, based on evidence gathered so far, she said, without elaborating, the AP report indicated.

Meanwhile, An Egyptian investigation committee arrived on Monday in France to repair the plane's two black boxes found in the Mediterranean earlier this month.

The committee held meetings with French officials to discuss a plan of action and procedures that would be taken to start the repair of the black boxes’ electronic circuit board.

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