John Lethbridge finishes collecting all human remains from MS804 crash site

Ahmed Abbas
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The John Lethbridge vessel rented by the Egyptian government to search for debris and human remains of the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 has finished collecting all human remains from the crash site, according to an official statement by the investigation committee.

The vessel has left the crash site and departed for Alexandria, where it will deliver the remains to the public prosecution officials.

The remains will then be moved to a forensic department in Cairo for DNA analysis.

According to the statement, the vessel will be assigned to return to the crash site to search for more remains and debris.

On 19 May, EgyptAir flight MS804, travelling from Paris to Cairo, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, claiming the lives of all 66 people on board.

On Monday, the Paris prosecution opened a manslaughter inquiry into the aeroplane crash, saying that there is no evidence of terrorism up until now.

French authorities are not in favour of the theory that the aeroplane was brought down intentionally, according to a prosecution spokesperson. She added that the status of the inquiry would change if the investigations revealed any new facts.


A statement released by the office of Egypt’s public prosecutor Nabil Sadek said the Egyptian prosecution is cooperating with its French counterpart.

The statement added that labelling the incident as ‘manslaughter’ is only an initial description, based on the data revealed so far. The analysis of the two black boxes has not been completed yet.

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Ahmed Abbas is a journalist at DNE’s politics section. He previously worked as Egypt based reporter for, and interned as a broadcast journalist at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. Abbas is a fellow of Salzburg Academy of Media and Global Change. He holds a Master’s Degree of Journalism and New Media from Jordan Media Institute. He was awarded by the ICFJ for best public service reporting in 2013, and by the German foreign office for best feature in 2014.
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