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France's air safety agency to send team to Egypt to investigate plane crash

Published 31/10/2015 | 18:49

In this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed passenger jet in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015. (Suliman el-Oteify, Egypt Prime Minister's Office via AP)
In this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed passenger jet in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015. (Suliman el-Oteify, Egypt Prime Minister's Office via AP)

France's civil aviation safety agency (BEA) will be sending a team to Egypt after a Russian-operated airliner crashed in the Sinai peninsula, killing all aboard, the agency said hours after the disaster on Saturday.

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The plane, a European-made Airbus A321 operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in central Sinai soon after daybreak.

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (4rth R) listen to Egyptian team from police and army at the remines of a plane crash at the desert in central Sinai near El Arish city north of Egypt, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (4rth R) listen to Egyptian team from police and army at the remines of a plane crash at the desert in central Sinai near El Arish city north of Egypt, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
In this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, third right, examines the flight data recorder inspected by officials at the site where a passenger plane crashed in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015. The Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors.(Suliman el-Oteify, Egypt Prime Minister's Office via AP)
In this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, center, visits the site where a plane crashed in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015. (Egypt Prime Minister's Office via AP)

BEA said in a statement it would send two safety investigators along with six technical advisers from Airbus to Egypt on Nov 1.

They will be joined by two investigators from Germany's Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation and four from the Russian equivalent, the Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), the BEA said.

All 224 people on board were killed in the crash. Although a militant group affiliated to Islamic State said it had brought down the plane, Russia has said their claim of responsibility could not be considered accurate.

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