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Egypt: Traces of explosives found on victims of Paris flight

  • FILE -- This August 21, 2015 file photo shows an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport, Austria. The plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, 2016, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board. Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of the  flight. A ministry statement said a criminal investigation will now begin into the crash of Flight 804. No one has claimed to have attacked the plane. (AP Photo/Thomas Ranner, File)

    FILE -- This August 21, 2015 file photo shows an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport, Austria. The plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, 2016, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board. Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of the flight. A ministry statement said a criminal investigation will now begin into the crash of Flight 804. No one has claimed to have attacked the plane. (AP Photo/Thomas Ranner, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- This still file image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804. The plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, 2016, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board. Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of the  flight. A ministry statement said a criminal investigation will now begin into the crash of Flight 804. No one has claimed to have attacked the plane. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)

    FILE -- This still file image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804. The plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, 2016, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board. Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of the flight. A ministry statement said a criminal investigation will now begin into the crash of Flight 804. No one has claimed to have attacked the plane. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry says traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May.

A ministry statement issued Thursday says a criminal investigation will now begin into the crash of Flight 804, which killed all 66 people on board.

No one has claimed to have attacked the plane. The crash came seven months after a Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after taking off from an Egyptian Red Sea resort, killing all 226 people on board.

The local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group said it had downed the Russian plane with an explosive device planted on board. Russia said the aircraft was likely downed by explosives.