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Egypt Holds Memorial Service for Victims of EgyptAir Crashed Flight MS804

Egypt Holds Memorial Service for Victims of EgyptAir Crashed Flight MS804

Relatives of victims of EgyptAir flight MS804 stand in front of a memorial stone with Arabic, English and French inscriptions during a memorial service at the Ministry of Aviation at Cairo airport in Cairo, Egypt, May 19, 2017. (Reuters)

A memorial service was held in Cairo on Friday for the victims of EgyptAir flight MS804 that crashed into the Mediterranean while traveling from Paris to Cairo on 19 May 2016, state news agency MENA reported.

The Airbus A320 was carrying 66 passengers on board. 40  passengers were from Egypt and 15 from France. All passengers along with the crew members were killed.

The memorial service was held in presence of some of the families of the victims, along with the CEO of EgyptAir, the Minister of civil aviation and other officials.

EgyptAir and the Ministry of Civil Aviation set up a monument that features the flight number on a hall for memorial services near to the Ministry’s headquarters.

Investigations into the crash cause have been ongoing since the incident. Earlier this month, however, a source close to the French investigation told AFP that no traces of explosives were found on the remains of French victims.

The source added that this revelation closes the door to Egypt’s theory that the plane exploded in the air.

In December 2016, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said that traces of explosives were found on the victims’ remains. French newspaper Le Figaro reported in September that French investigators found traces of TNT in the crashed plane’s debris, but they were prevented from further examining it.

The flight disappeared from the radar over the Mediterranean and crashed into the water between Greece’s Crete and the cost of northern Egypt.

In January, and after lengthy investigations, Egypt handed the remains of the victims to their families.

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