Human remains indicate explosion likely aboard EgyptAir Flight 804

Investigators draw conclusion after examining human remains from the crash site.

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 29, 2016, file photo, the hijacked aircraft of Egyptair after landing at Larnaca airport, Cyprus. A similar Airbus A320 EgyptAir plane from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline said. EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:45 a.m. local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, the airline said. It said the Airbus A320 had vanished 10 miles (16 kilometers) after it entered Egyptian airspace. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian forensics official says human remains recovered from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burns on them and are “very tiny,” which suggests an explosion may have taken place in midair on board the aircraft.

The official is on the Egyptian forensic team and has personally examined the remains, kept at a Cairo morgue. He spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information.

He says the body parts are “so tiny” and that at least one piece of a human arm has signs of burns — an indication it might have “belonged to a passenger sitting next to the explosion.”

All 66 people on board the flight from Paris to Cairo were killed in crash, which still remains a mystery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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