(Express) HUMAN remains have been recovered by a search vessel at the underwater crash site of the doomed EgyptAir flight.
Egypt’s aircraft investigation committee said the Mauritian-based ship John Lethbridge has recovered all of the mapped bodies from the sea floor and will later return to the crash site to look for more remains.
The remains will be taken to Alexandria port and handed over to coroners and prosecution officials.
The flight from Paris to Cairo crashed on May 19, killing all 66 people on board. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
The Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said Egyptian and French forensic doctors on board the vessel oversaw the body recovery process.
The remains are due to be examined by prosecutors and forensic specialists in Alexandria before going to Cairo for DNA analysis.
The memory chips from the airliner’s black box voice recorders are not damaged and investigators should be able make use of them, according to the committee.
Last week Egyptian investigators said the black box from the MS804 flight confirmed smoke was on board.
Automated electronic messages sent by the A239 aircraft revealed the smoke detectors went off in a toilet and in the area below the cockpit moments before the plane disappeared.
Investigators have also revealed that soot was found on a piece of wreckage from the plane.
The voice and flight data recorders were recovered from a depth of about 3000m in the Mediterranean.
The second black box, the cockpit recorder, is still being repaired in Paris.
No cause for the crash has yet been ruled out, but aviation officials believe the cause is more likely to be technical failure rather than sabotage.