Irish team joins Russian plane crash investigation

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Nov 2015

Airbus A321, which crashed in Sinai on Saturday, was registered in Ireland and owned by an Irish firm

Russian Airbus 321
A picture taken on October 25, 2015 shows the Russian Airbus 321 of Kogalymavia (Metrojet) plane hull No EI-ETJ landing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport (AFP)

An Irish investigation team arrived in Cairo early Tuesday morning to participate in investigations of the Russian plane crash in Sharm El-Sheikh, state news agency MENA reported.

Sources from Cairo international airport told MENA that a team of three Irish experts arrived from Italy where they were received by officials from Egypt's ministry of civil aviation.

The Irish technical team is participating in the investigation since the Airbus A321 crash plane was registered in Ireland.

The plane was owned by Irish firm Wilmington Trust SP Services (Dublin) Ltd. and leased to Russian airline Metrojet.

The crash killed all 224 people - mostly Russian - on board the Russian Kogalymavia flight from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Egypt, along with Russia, and France (which manufactured the plane), are conducting an investigating into the causes of the crash.

Earlier this week, the Irish aviation authority revealed that because the plane was Irish-registered, "in April/May 2015, the authority conducted an annual review of the aircraft certifications in support of its annual Certificate of Airworthiness renewal process and all certifications were satisfactory at that point in time.”

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