02:34 - Source: CNN
Explosive residue found on Egyptair passengers

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NEW: French officials say they hope victims' remains will be returned soon

EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed in May; officials have said terrorism could be to blame

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Egypt says it will release the remains of EgyptAir 804 plane crash victims nearly seven months after the plane plunged into the Mediterranean sea, killing 66 people.

The Airbus A320 was en route from Paris to Cairo when it crashed May 19. Authorities are still working to piece together exactly what caused the crash.

Details have been emerging about the doomed flight for months.

Details have been emerging about the doomed flight for months.

01:41 - Source: CNN
EgyptAir voice recorder indicates fire on plane

A senior source from the airline told CNN in July that the plane’s cockpit voice recorder indicated there was a fire on board – and an attempt to put it out – before the aircraft plunged into the sea.

Now the case has been referred to Egypt’s general prosecutor, officials said Thursday.

France’s foreign ministry said it hopes the transfer of the case means the victims’ remains will be returned to their families “as quickly as possible.” There were 15 French people aboard the flight, and families have been pushing for months for their remains to be released.

CNN’s Eugenie Lambert contributed to this report.