Remains of victims of EgyptAir MS804 crash to be handed over to families

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Dec 2016

on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)

Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek ordered on Saturday that the remains of the victims of last May’s EgyptAir crash in the Mediterranean be handed over to their families.

Sadek ordered the High State Security Prosecution to hand over the remains of the Egyptian nationals to their families, and that the remains of the foreign nationals be sent to to their countries in coordination with their respective embassies.

There were 30 Egyptians on board the Paris-Cairo flight, as well as 15 French citizens, two Iraqis and one passenger each from the UK, Canada, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Portugal. 

A statement from Sadek’s office said that he reviewed the reports of the aviation investigative committee and forensic authority before issuing the order.

Last Thursday, Egypt's civil aviation ministry announced that traces of explosives were found on the remains of the victims, and that the new findings have been submitted to the general prosecution.

The prosecutor-general has ordered the High State Security Prosecution to continue investigations after the new findings.

On 19 May, EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the eastern ‎Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board.

No one has claimed responsibility for the crash.

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