EgyptAir Flight 804: Does New Evidence Suggest an Explosion?
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In a report Monday, the Associated Press claimed that an unnamed Egyptian official said 80 body parts recovered in the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggested there was likely an explosion onboard the aircraft.
Since then, Egyptian forensic officials have denied the reports.
According to NBCNews.com, the Egyptian source spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying that the body parts found near the crash site were so small that an explosion during the flight was likely to blame.
“There isn't even a whole body part, like an arm or a head,” the anonymous source told The AP. “The logical explanation is that it was an explosion.”
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In response, the Egyptian Forensic Medical Department shared a statement saying that the reports were incorrect and “baseless, and it is speculation that has not come from the Forensic Medical Department or any forensic doctor among its employees.”
The Associated Press told NBCNews.com that it stood by its original story.
While the cause of the plane crash needs further investigation, ships, planes and a submarine are scouring the Mediterranean Sea continue to find more wreckage and explanations regarding why EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost on May 19.
Egypt's civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi is cautious about what is being shared with the public in terms of possible explanations for the crash, but rumors and speculation continue to surface.
“We're far away from closing in on the fuselage of the aircraft,” Fathi told NBCNews.com Monday. “What we found is only small pieces and there's a lot to be done in this respect.”
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