Crash: Egypt finds both black boxes

2015-10-31 20:51
Wreckage from the crashed plane. (AP)

Wreckage from the crashed plane. (AP)

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Cairo - Egypt has found and recovered both black boxes from a Russian passenger plane that crashed in the country's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the civil aviation minister told a news conference.

All 224 passengers and crew on the plane died in the accident.

There are normally two black boxes on an aircraft, one for cockpit voice recordings and one for flight data. Egyptian authorities had earlier said they only found one.

The Islamic State affiliate in Egypt claimed they had downed the plane, without saying how. However, Prime Minister Sharif Ismail expressed scepticism when asked about the claim.

"Experts have affirmed that technically planes at this altitude cannot be shot down, and the black box will be the one that will reveal the reasons for the crash," he was quoted by state news agency MENA as saying.

In Moscow, Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov too said the ISIS claim "cannot be considered accurate", adding that authorities in Egypt "have no such information that would confirm such insinuations".

Read more on:    isis  |  russia  |  egypt  |  plane crashes  |  air travel  |  aviation

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