Remains of Sharm crash victims return home

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 17 (AFP) - The remains of 67 French citizens who perished in an aircraft crash last year in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were repatriated Monday, airport officials said.

PARIS, Oct 17 (AFP) - The remains of 67 French citizens who perished in an aircraft crash last year in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were repatriated Monday, airport officials said.

The coffins were flown to Paris on an Air France flight from Cairo and were taken to a state morgue. "Some families of the victims" were present at the airport when the remains arrived, an airport official said.

The January 3, 2004 crash off the coast of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh three minutes after take-off killed 148 people, including 134 French.

The remains of 102 French and 12 Egyptian victims were identified by Cairo's Medico-legal center, the French foreign ministry announced in August, but legal procedures delayed the return of the bodies.

The cause of the tragedy is still unknown.

Some French families opted to have the remains of their loved-ones buried at a memorial site near Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Sinai peninsula's southern tip.

While it was swiftly decided that a bombing was not to blame for the Boeing 737's crash, the plane's black boxes have failed to provide an explanation for why the disaster happened.

An initial report published by Egyptian authorities in November 2004 detailed the flight's final fateful moments but it remains unclear whether machine or human error was to blame.

The flight was chartered by the Egyptian Flash Airlines company which has since gone bankrupt.

A more complete report is due by the end of October. Concerned parties will have until the end of the year to comment. A definitive report will then be published.

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