Russian airline: No grounds to blame human error for Egypt crash

2015-10-31 15:36
A Russian emergency doctor comforts a relative of one of those who died in the Egypt crash. (AP)

A Russian emergency doctor comforts a relative of one of those who died in the Egypt crash. (AP)

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Moscow - Russian airline Kogalymavia said on Saturday that it saw no grounds to blame human error for the crash of one of its aircraft in Egypt, Russian news agencies reported.

All 224 people on board are said to have died when the plane went down in a mountainous part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. 

RIA and Interfax news agencies cited an airline spokesperson saying that the pilot had 12 000 hours flying experience. She also said that the plane had been fully serviced.

It has meanwhile emerged that the Russian state transport regulator, Rostransnadzor, found violations when it last conducted a routine flight safety inspection of Kogalymavia.

However, Interfax reported, after the inspection, which took place in March 2014, the airline remedied the breaches within the deadlines it had been set. 

The chartered plane had taken off from the south Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh bound for St Petersburg and lost contact with air traffic control 23 minutes later before crashing in the restive peninsula. Of the passengers, 214 were Russian. 

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Moscow's emergency ministry to dispatch rescue teams to Egypt.

There was no official word on the cause of the crash.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Francois Hollande said they had sent their condolences to Moscow.

The Russian emergency ministry published a list of names of the passengers, ranging in age from a 10-month-old girl to a 77-year-old woman.

Read more on:    russia  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  aviation  |  plane crashes

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