Russia did not receive preliminary Egyptian report on A321 crash

Wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt.

Wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt.

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A plane en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed on Oct. 31

The Kogalymavia airline company has not received a preliminary report from the Egyptian aviation authorities on the circumstances of the A321 crash over the Sinai Peninsula, which killed 224 people.

"We have not received a report," an airline official told Interfax.

A source with knowledge of the situation previously told Interfax that Russia does not have the conclusions that were drawn up by the Egyptian committee on the technical investigation into the crash.

Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russian special services have come to the conclusion that the crash of the Russian airliner A321 over Sinai on October 31 was caused by a terrorist attack.

The European media on Dec. 14 published excerpts from the statement by the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry on the completion of the preliminary report on the investigation into the A321 crash over the Sinai peninsula, which states that the committee on the technical investigation has not found anything pointing to illegal interference or a terrorist act.

Russian Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov said that the airplane crashed as a result of an explosion of a bomb equivalent to one kilogram of TNT aboard the aircraft.

A Kogalymavia A321 aircraft en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31. The airliner crashed on the Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after takeoff, killing 217 passengers and seven crewmembers.

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