Wednesday 7 December 2016

Co-pilot worried about crash jet

Patrick Flynn

Published 01/11/2015 | 02:30

LOST IN THE DESERT: A relative reacts at Pulkovo international airport outside Saint Petersburg after the devastating news comes through of the crash of the 18-year-old Airbus
LOST IN THE DESERT: A relative reacts at Pulkovo international airport outside Saint Petersburg after the devastating news comes through of the crash of the 18-year-old Airbus

The wife of the co-pilot of the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt kiling all 224 people on board says her husband had complained about the plane's condition, according to a Russian TV channel.

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State-controlled NTV ran an interview yesterday with Natalya Trukhacheva, identified as the wife of co-pilot Sergei Trukachev. She said that a daughter "called him up before he flew out. He complained before the flight that the technical condition of the aircraft left much to be desired."

An Egyptian official had previously said that before the Metrojet-operated plane lost contact with air traffic controllers, the pilot radioed and said the aircraft was experiencing technical problems and he intended to try and land at the nearest airport.

Sinai Province, a militant group affiliated to Isil in Egypt, said it brought down the plane "in response to Russian airstrikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land" - but Russia's transport minister said the claim "can't be considered accurate".

The jet that crashed shortly after take-off was registered and owned in Ireland. The jet is listed in the Irish Aviation Authority's register as being owned by an Irish company.

The 18-year-old jet has previously flown into Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports. In a statement on its website, Metrojet said the aircraft was in good shape and that the pilot was experienced.

The aircraft was carrying 224 people, including 17 children, 138 women and 62 men.

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