Russia will provide the Egyptian commission with the information concerning the Kogalymavia airline company's operations and the operational status of the A321 aircraft which crashed in Sinai, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov has said.
"For their part, Russian specialists will provide the special inquiry commission set up by the Egyptian aviation authorities with all the necessary information concerning the organizing of operations by the Kogalymavia airline company, the operational status of the Airbus A321 and the crews' training," the minister told reporters on Nov. 3.
He recalled that a technical investigation of the crash of the A321 aircraft is being carried out by the special technical commission of the Egyptian aviation authorities. "This investigation is being conducted in accordance with Annex 13 to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation," the minister said.
Russian specialists will take part in all aspects of the inquiry, Sokolov said.
"I stress that throughout the investigation our specialists will have to be involved in all aspects of the inquiry, including reading the recordings of the flight recorders and ground tape recorders and analyzing all the available information. They must have access to all the material evidence and issue all the necessary statements and comments as the inquiry continues, take part in inspecting the units of the aircraft, tests and reconstruction of the event, hear eyewitnesses' accounts," he said.
"All aspects relating to the criminal investigation will be set aside as a separate criminal case," the minister said.
Kogalymavia's A321 aircraft was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg when it crashed in the north of the Sinai Peninsula near the city of El Arish in the morning of October 31. All 224 people on board were killed, including 44 people from eleven districts of the Leningrad region, four of them children.
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