Families of the EgyptAir plane crash have been hoping to bury their loved ones, but it is showing from the search teams’ findings that that may not be possible.
Human remains retrieved from the EgyptAir 804 crash site point to an explosion on board, an Egyptian forensic official said today.
The official is part of the investigation team that has personally examined the body parts taken to a Cairo morgue.
He said all 80 pieces brought to the capital so far were small and that ‘there isn’t even a whole body part, like an arm or a head’.
The official, who declined to be named, said ‘the logical explanation is that it was an explosion’ that may have brought down the jet over the Mediterranean Sea.
His assessment was backed up by the head of the Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority.
Dr Hesham Abdel-Hamid told MailOnline the body parts recovered from the Mediterranean had injuries consistent with an explosion.
He said: ‘Analysis of the remains of the victims flight MS804 indicated there was an explosion on the plane.
‘The remains had been ripped apart because of a bomb. However we have not found any bomb fragments as yet.’
More than 20 body bags containing part of corpses have been taken to the Zenhom morgue as part of the investigation.
Relatives of the 66 passengers and crew gave DNA samples to the forensic services to aid identification.
A forensic source said: ‘There is no complete body. There are only body parts. They are unrecognisable.
‘But it is important for the families to be able to bury their loved-ones and to be able to visit their grave to help with the mourning process.’
Dr Abdel-Hamid said the Egyptian Attorney General had asked the French and Greek authorities for all data relating to the aircraft and its flight path.
He said: ‘Attorney General Nabil Sadk has asked Athens and Paris to release all the documents related to Egypt Air flight MS804 and the aircraft’s flight path.
‘The attorney general has also asked the Greek and French authorities for recordings of all the communications between the aircraft and the Greek air traffic controls since it entered Greek air space.’
Earlier, the head of Egypt‘s state-run provider of air navigation services said the doomed jet did not swerve or lose altitude before it disappeared off radar.
The comments by Ehab Azmy, head of the National Air Navigation Services Company, challenged an earlier account by Greece‘s defence minister.
Mr Azmy said that in the minutes before the EgyptAir plane disappeared it was flying at its normal altitude of 37,000 feet, according to the radar reading.