International experts arrive in Egypt to inspect Metrojet wreckage

The Metrojet plane, an Airbus A321, was returning Russian holiday makers from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it broke up over Sinai, killing 224 people on board on October 31, 2015. (AP)

An international team of experts from Russia and Germany are in Egypt examining the wreckage of the Russian passenger plane that crashed in Sinai last year, the Egyptian-led probe panel said on Monday.

The Metrojet plane, an Airbus A321, was returning Russian holiday makers from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it broke up over Sinai, killing 224 people on board on October 31, 2015.

ISIS group claimed it was behind the terror bombing.

Irish, American, and French experts are set to join the probe seeking to pinpoint the location where the aircraft began to disintegrate, according to the committee, reports Reuters.

“Representatives from Russia and Germany have arrived today to inspect the wreckage of the doomed Russian Metrojet plane which crashed over the Sinai Peninsula last October,” the committee said.

Russia is participating in the investigation as the airline's country of origin, Germany as the manufacturer's, Ireland because the plane was registered there, France because that is where it was designed, and the United States as the engine maker's country of origin.

The wreckage has already been collected and moved to Cairo International Airport, where the experts will reconstruct the plane.

Egyptian tourism suffered badly after a number of countries, including Russia and the United Kingdom, suspended flights to following the Airbus A321 crash. According to Egypt's Tourism Authority, visitor numbers dropped by 50 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, with tourism revenues during that period witnessing a drop of 60 per cent compared to 2015.

Airport security

Ahram Online, meanwhile, reported that the Russian experts will also look into airport security amid hopes of a resumption of Russian commercial flights to Egypt in October.

Egypt has fulfilled 85 per cent of the Russian demands with regard to aviation safety in order to resume flights, said Ali Abdel Aal, Egyptian parliament Speaker, on Wednesday.
 

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