CAIRO: Fifteen bags containing human remains and belongings of the victims of the crashed EgyptAir plane were transported Monday to Cairo-based Zinhom morgue for DNA tests, chairperson of Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority Hesham Abdel-Hamid said, Youm7 reported.
Hesham said that the authority started taking blood samples from the victims’ relatives to match DNA results to identify the victims.
Early Thursday EgyptAir flight MS804, en route from France to Cairo, crashed into the Mediterranean north of Alexandria with 66 people on board.
On Saturday the Egyptian Military released images of debris found in the sea, and announced May 20 that some human remains were found amid search efforts. The debris includes torn parts of plane seats and lifejackets. Egypt, in cooperation with France, Greece, Cyprus and Italy, continues to search and survey the area for more information.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said Sunday, when he inaugurated the expansion of the Misr Fertilizer Production Company (MOPCO) in Damietta, that rescue units from the Egyptian navy and air forces have scanned a total of 290 kilometers of Alexandria’s coast to recover the victims’ remains and debris from the plane.
“He (Sisi) called on all media not to jump to conclusions, adding that all assumptions are still open with regards to the cause of the incident until the prosecutor general investigations, in coordination with the French government, are over. The President affirmed that the results of the investigations will be announced with full transparency, however this could take time before causes are established,” said Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Sunday.
The President announced that an Egyptian submarine, which can reach 3,000 meters beneath Sea level, is operating in the Mediterranean to recover the two black boxes which would help to determine the cause of the crash.
Sisi and Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail have announced that all scenarios are possible and nothing is ruled out concerning the plane crash. An Egyptian aviation committee, tasked with investigating the airliner crash, said that “it is far too soon to make a judgment over the reason that caused the crash.”
The uncle of EgyptAir pilot Mohamed Bahgat Shuqeir denied media reports claiming that the pilot has committed suicide and downed the plane. He told Ala Hawa Misr talk show on ElNahar T.V. that such rumors are groundless.