Monday, December 14, 2015

Egypt issues preliminary report on Russian airliner crash: No evidence so far of terrorist attack

 The Egyptian committee investigating the causes of the October crash of a Russian airliner in Central Sinai shortly after it left Sharm El-Sheikh Airport on route to St Petersburg said in a preliminary report it completed on Sunday that evidence surrounding the crash it has examined so far shows that the disaster might not have been caused by a terrorist attack or foul play.

The statement was made available to the media by the civil aviation ministry which heads the inquiry.

Ayman El-Moqqadam the head of the committee said that the investigation will continue until a final determination could be made.

The civil aviation ministry said it sent a copy of the report to all concerned parties.

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  1. Egyptian investigators say they have so far found no proof that terrorism caused a Russian jet to crash in the Sinai in October, killing 224 people...

    The plane came down en route to Russia from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

    A group linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said it bombed the plane. Nearly all the victims were Russians.

    Russia has said a bomb brought down the Metrojet Airbus, after finding what it said were "traces of foreign explosives" on the debris.

    It has vowed to "find and punish" the perpetrators.

    However, the head of the Egyptian committee investigating the crash, Ayman al-Muqaddim, was quoted by state TV on Monday as saying there was "no evidence that there is an act of terror or illegal intervention".

    IS-affiliate Sinai Province said it had destroyed the plane because of Russian air strikes on Syria....BBC

  2. Egypt said on Monday it had found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai that killed all 224 people on board on Oct. 31...

    Russia and Western governments have said the Airbus A321 operated by Metrojet was likely brought down by a bomb, and ISIS said it had smuggled an explosive on board.

    But Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said it had completed a preliminary report on the crash and said it had so far found no evidence of a criminal act.

    “The technical investigative committee has so far not found anything indicating any illegal intervention or terrorist action,” the ministry said in a statement.

    The crash hit Egypt’s tourism industry, a cornerstone of the economy. The plane took off from Sharm al-Sheikh, a Red Sea resort popular with Russian and British holiday by Reuters


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