EgyptAir Flight MS804: France says crash was not an act of terrorism

EgyptAir Flight MS804: France says crash was not an act of terrorism”

French prosecutors have opened a manslaughter probe into the May the 19th crash of an EgyptAir jetliner that went down in the eastern Mediterranean killing all 66 people on board.

The Airbus A320 was en route from Paris to Cairo when it crashed in the Mediterranean with all 66 people on board.

The black boxes were recovered in the Mediterranean Sea by the crew of the John Lethbridge, a privately owned deep-sea survey and recovery vehicle contracted by Egypt's government to aid in the search. Egyptian authorities still refuse to rule out extremism as a cause of the crash and have said that all causes remain a possibility.

The black box recorder "has been successfully repaired by the French accident investigation agency laboratory", Egypt's investigation commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

With little debris and no bodies recovered, investigators hope analysis of the black boxes will help them piece together what happened in the final half hour of the flight.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said investigators do not believe the plane crash was deliberate. EgyptAir said the plane disappeared around 10 miles from Egyptian air space at an altitude of about 37,000 feet.

The Paris prosecutor's office yesterday said it was opening a "full investigation into involuntary homicide".

Investigators made a decision 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.

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