- A Russian airliner crashed around 9:00 , this Saturday morning in the desert Sinai, Egypt.
- The 217 passengers and 7 crew members, all but three Russians Ukrainians died in the plane crash .
- Two French BEA investigators go to Egypt from Sunday
- The Islamic state (EI) has officially claimed to be at the origin of this drama, which could not be confirmed at present.
A new air disaster occurred on Saturday in northern Sinai in Egypt. A Russian airliner crashed with 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. There are no survivors in what could be an attack, as was claimed by the Islamic State through Twitter: information to understand with greater caution
An Airbus A-321 belonging to the Russian company Kogalymavia, better known under the name of Metrojet , disappeared from radar screens this Saturday morning, 23 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Long considered “disappeared”, the unit finally crashed in the Sinai, in a desert region of Hasna.
In the Russian airliner were 224 people – 217 passengers – who all perished in the accident. According to the Egyptian government, 17 children were on board. A large majority of the passengers were Russian tourists returning from vacation to join St. Petersburg in western Russia. Four victims were Ukrainian.
Daesh claims responsibility, Moscow denies
Hours after the crash, the Egyptian branch of the jihadist Islamic state organization (EI) claimed on Twitter to have “dropped” the Russian plane that crashed in the heart of its stronghold in northern Sinai.
“Soldiers of the Caliphate were able to bring down a Russian plane in the Sinai province carrying more than 220 crusaders who were all killed,” it is written in a statement posted on the usual group accounts extremist.
Questioned by BFMTV many Islamic scholars have confirmed that the group Islamic State never claimed for acts he did not commit.
Soon, Moscow has contested this claim, which “can not be considered accurate,” he evacuated the Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov. Several military experts and the aerospace industry estimate that the insurgents of IE in Egypt do not have missiles capable of reaching a plane at 30,000 feet (about 9,000 meters). But they do not exclude the possibility of a bomb on board the aircraft, or that it was hit by a rocket or a missile as he came down, as a result of technical failures.
The first elements of the investigation, and BEA on site this Sunday
The 7K9268 flight disappeared from the screens of the civil aviation authorities so he was flying at 30,000 feet altitude (9144 meters), 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh.
“The crew had to communicate with Larnaca [Cyprus] but this has not done and the plane disappeared from radar screens, “said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation.
According to our aviation consultant, Jean Serrat, “the captain would have had time to send a message in Sharm el-Sheik, to say: I have a technical problem ‘ without going beyond, asking to come back. ” “And it is lost sight of,” he said Saturday night on BFM TV.
According Flightradar24 aerial surveillance of the site, the airliner was descending phase before the signal loss. The device down to a speed of 6,000 feet per minute, or about 109 km / h.
The Bureau of Investigation and analysis for the safety of civil aviation (BEA) said Saturday French Sunday he would send two investigators in Egypt, accompanied by six technical advisers from Airbus, to participate in the survey. The black box of the aircraft was found.
What is known about the company Metrojet
L plane that crashed Saturday morning belonged to the Russian airline Kogalymavia, now known under the name of Metrojet . This young company of only 22 years already has a turbulent history. Founded in 1993, this company takes its name from his hometown (where it still has its headquarters) Kogalym, in the oblast (administrative region) of Tymen.
The plane that crashed was it an Airbus A321 belonging to the Airbus A320 famile, the best-selling European company, like Germanwings A320 which had crashed in the Alps in late March. This aircraft entered service May 9, 1997, initially operated by the Lebanese company MEA, then by different companies including Saudi Arabian Airlines. The April 27, 2012, the plane is recovered to be operated by Kolavia.